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08-06-2024 | New and Emerging Therapies in Interventional Pain Medicine (J Hasoon, Section Editor)

The Role of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in Cognitive Pain Therapy: A Narrative Review

Authors: Maria Victoria Mazzolenis, Gabrielle Naime Mourra, Sacha Moreau, Maria Emilia Mazzolenis, Ivo H. Cerda, Julio Vega, James S. Khan, Alexandra Thérond

Published in: Current Pain and Headache Reports

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

This review investigates the roles of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) in enhancing cognitive pain therapy for chronic pain management. The work assesses current research, outlines benefits and limitations and examines their potential integration into existing pain management methods.

Recent Findings

Advances in VR have shown promise in chronic pain management through immersive cognitive therapy exercises, with evidence supporting VR's effectiveness in symptom reduction. AI's personalization of treatment plans and its support for mental health through AI-driven avatars are emerging trends. The integration of AI in hybrid programs indicates a future with real-time adaptive technology tailored to individual needs in chronic pain management.

Summary

Incorporating AI and VR into chronic pain cognitive therapy represents a promising approach to enhance management by leveraging VR's immersive experiences and AI's personalized tactics, aiming to improve patient engagement and outcomes. Nonetheless, further empirical studies are needed to standardized methodologies, compare these technologies to traditional therapies and fully realize their clinical potential.
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Metadata
Title
The Role of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in Cognitive Pain Therapy: A Narrative Review
Authors
Maria Victoria Mazzolenis
Gabrielle Naime Mourra
Sacha Moreau
Maria Emilia Mazzolenis
Ivo H. Cerda
Julio Vega
James S. Khan
Alexandra Thérond
Publication date
08-06-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Current Pain and Headache Reports
Print ISSN: 1531-3433
Electronic ISSN: 1534-3081
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11916-024-01270-2