Virtual reality guided mindfulness meditation for cancer-related pain
Chronic cancer-related pain (CRP) has a significant negative impact on quality of life. Mindfulness is hypothesized to mitigate chronic CRP by regulating emotional reactions to pain and is already being used by many cancer survivors to improve quality of life. In recent years, there has been an interest in the use of virtual reality to deliver mindfulness meditation. Virtual reality provides an immersive and engaging environment which may enhance one’s focused attention to present moment experiences, potentially making mindfulness less effortful and more efficacious for patients with chronic pain. There has been little research in this area for people with a history of cancer. The aim of this mixed-methods study is to evaluate the feasibility of a virtual reality guided mindfulness (VRGM) intervention offered to adult cancer patients and survivors with chronic CRP. Secondary objectives are to evaluate the benefits and mechanisms of action of VRGM and to explore participants’ experiences with study participation.