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The effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) for management of persistent pain

Project Description

The project lies within the context of the effect of VR methods on the perception of pain in people living with persistent pain. The working hypotheses are that VR will change their perception of pain, and that there will be differences between different VR applications.

The specific methods will be developed by the student. The area lends itself to experimental methods comparing outcomes following the application of different VR applications. It may be appropriate to compare effects against non-VR methods of distraction and control conditions.

It is also possible that the student could incorporate qualitative methods to explore the user experience of VR applications and opinions on how VR can be incorporated into self-management.

Application Web Page

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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