A Study to Assess Virtual Reality by Healthcare Providers to Improve Focus and Reduce Anxiety


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate using the Reulay Virtual Reality (R-VR) to help reduce anxiety and burnout symptoms and improve focus by combining nature-based interventions with virtual reality (VR) to decrease anxiety in the workplace.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of consent.
  • Healthcare Professional at Mayo Clinic.
  • Not pregnant by participant self-report at time of consent.
  • Have the ability to provide informed consent.
  • Have no contraindicated comorbid health conditions as determined by the clinical investigators.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Currently (within the past 3 weeks) been practicing mindfulness training on a weekly/regular basis.
  • Currently (within the past 3 weeks) been undergoing an additional program (e.g., Complementary and Alternative Medicine [CAM]) to improve quality of life.
  • Currently (within 3 weeks) been enrolled in another clinical or research program (e.g., CAM) which impacts the patients’ quality of life (QOL), stress or anxiety.
  • Currently has photosensitivity.
  • Cannot tolerate virtual reality experiences.
  • An unstable medical or mental health condition as determined by the physician investigator (e.g., pre-existing eye strain, seizures, dizziness, nausea).

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Ivana Croghan, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Ivana Croghan Ph.D.

(507) 266-7834


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