A study published in the Scholarly Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences looked at Healium’s ability to quickly improve mood and reduce tension before blood donations.
Virtual Reality (VR) has shown promise as a non-pharmaceutical intervention for both anxiety and pain management. Consequently, specially designed VR experiences may be a useful tool to counteract anxiety during procedures that require a blood draw. In the current study we examined negative and positive mood states before and after a brief VR intervention at a Red Cross blood drive. Results demonstrated a significant increase in positive mood states (Happiness, Calmness) and a reduction of negative mood states (Tension, Fatigue). These results support the accumulating evidence that VR has the potential to act as a powerful and effective tool for anxiety and stress management in anxiety-provoking situations. You can read the full study here: Scholarly Journal of Psychology & Behavioral Science