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The effect of a Virtual Nature Environment on the Experience of Bronchoscopy Patients, Measured by Psychological and Physiological Measurements

Mebel, L te (2019) The effect of a Virtual Nature Environment on the Experience of Bronchoscopy Patients, Measured by Psychological and Physiological Measurements.

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Abstract:Evidence is found that nature has a relaxing effect on people, but this is never researched in bronchoscopies. Therefore, a research is implemented to test whether anxiety in bronchoscopy patients can be reduced by nature stimuli. Two groups were compared: a nature group in which patients wore video glasses with moving nature images and a no-nature condition without glasses. To gather data, an Empatica E4 wristband measured skin conductance and questionnaires measured experienced anxiety of the patient. When analysing the data, a significant effect can be found in the time stages of the physiological data. No difference was found between the two conditions. In the questionnaires, a significant difference between the groups was found in the participants’ recalled experience of the working of anaesthesia. Mood-arousal, the patients’ experienced comfort at the continuation of the bronchoscopy and follow-up of the comfort at insertion of the bronchoscope were found to be close to significant in favour of the no-nature condition. Given these findings, it is inconclusive that nature videos have a positive effect during bronchoscopies. A larger and more expanded target group should be researched and limitations can be prevented by applying diverse methods. More research is necessary to draw reliable conclusions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78155
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