Emerging virtual reality systems offer intriguing therapeutic possibilities, but their development and use should be guided by ethical priorities that account for the specific vulnerabilities of patients.
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This work was partly supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) grant no. 13GW0053D to the University of Freiburg - Medical Center; and by the German Research Foundation (DFG) grant no. EXC1086 (BrainLinks-BrainTools) to the University of Freiburg. Author P.K. wishes to thank his friend Dr. med. Lorenz Lehmann (University of Heidelberg - Medical Center) for valuable inspiration in designing the figure.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Kellmeyer, P., Biller-Andorno, N. & Meynen, G. Ethical tensions of virtual reality treatment in vulnerable patients. Nat Med 25, 1185–1188 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0543-y