Ethical tensions of virtual reality treatment in vulnerable patients

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.

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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

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