Unlocking the potential of virtual reality in palliative care

Virtual reality generates computerised or realistic 3D and 360-degree images and sounds that give the viewer a sense of physical presence in that environment through the use of a headset/goggles and headphones.

Virtual reality has been found to be beneficial in reducing anxiety, post-traumatic stress and pain in patients of varying ages and diagnoses.

Trinity and Flix Films have been looking at how virtual reality can improve the experience of our patients for some time. We are now conducting a study for educational purposes to understand if virtual reality can be of benefit to palliative care patients and the impact this type of therapy may have on their physical and psychological symptoms. The study aims to explore and try to understand:

  • the impact of virtual reality on physical and psychological symptoms
  • any other benefits that virtual reality may have on palliative care patients
  • palliative care patients’ responses to virtual reality
  • what makes virtual reality most effective for palliative care patients

Who can take part?

If you are a patient with a progressive
life-limiting condition under the care of
Trinity you may be eligible to participate in our study if you meet the following criteria:

• Have full visual and auditory abilities
• Have full head and neck range of motion
• Have full cognitive abilities and the capacity to understand the study’s literature and consent to the study’s protocol as well as participating in assessments and interviews (unfortunately the study is not appropriate for patients with dementia)
• Have sufficient English language skills to understand study literature and undertake


For more information, please contact Letizia Perna-Forrest, Head of Patient and Family Support and Primary Investigator at Trinity on 0207 787 1061 or [email protected]