Readiness and Usability of Virtual Reality Technologies in Mental Health: A Local Perspective

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Roy Francis Navea, Elaine Marie Aranda, Cherub Angenique Encabo, Gladys Babiera, Justin Bernard Carlos, Vincent Mao Talde


In the Philippines, there are several indicators that point to the readiness of Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) towards virtual reality (VR) technologies in the area of mental health management. Most MHPs already use technology in their practices, and many view VR with openness. Relaxation and exposure therapy were particularly seen to be as promising applications. However, there are challenges about the impact of VR's on the patient-therapist relationship, therapeutic goals, cost effectiveness, and accessibility issues. With the early implementation of VR technologies, little information about long-term VR therapy data, clear VR therapy guidelines, and data privacy regulations are available. The social influences within the mental health culture may also play a role in the adoption of VR technologies in mental health. It is found out that locally, MHPs seem receptive to VR technologies, but further research and addressing its challenges are necessary before VR becomes one of the major mental health intervention options in the Philippines.   

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