Robert Neil McLay: Treating PTSD with Virtual Reality
As much as he is an advocate for simulators, McLay also remains a healthy skeptic.
"It works but I'm not convinced it?s the best thing out there," he says. "I'm not absolutely convinced yet that the gizmo portion of it—the actual virtual reality—is the active component of treatment. It may be just meeting with the therapist as often as we are and providing the type of therapy that we are."
That's the question that McLay and his colleagues at NMCSD are now trying to answer. "Do you really need all these gizmos or can you do it with a still computer image without using the fancy simulators?" he says. "If you could, that might be good news. It would mean we were able to do this type of treatment in a lot more different clinics and with a lot more people."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Anthem Blue Cross, 7 CA Health Systems Create New Challenger, Business Model
- Few Winners Among MSSP Participants
- Technology Lights Up Health Innovation Forum
- Data Points to Boom in Private HIX
- EHR Systems 'Immature, Costly,' AMA Says
- NCQA Releases Annual Health Plan Rankings
- Interstate Medical Licensure Effort Advances
- How much does that x-ray cost? You can find out in NH
- Malnourishment 'Epidemic' Plagues Hospitals? Really?
- Hospitals and doctors fail patients by passing the buck on insurance rules