On 21 Sept 2022, the BIDMC team published the results of study 1 exploring the impact of pain perception, in a surgery setting, when using anaesthesia versus anaesthesia and a virtual reality immersion.

The study was conducted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in 40 participants (34 enrolled) encountering wrist surgery. The main outcome was: the immersion in virtual reality (VR) allowed reducing the dose of propofol for anaesthesia (Mean (±SD): 125.3 (±296.0) vs 750.6 (±334.6) mg · hr-1, p<0.001), without impacting the patients’ comfort.

Fascinating research! Another hint is that the future of neuroscience will be a combination of drugs and changes in our perception.

Will this research stay in academia or be developed as a medical device? Let’s see!

Health Economia Team


  1. Faruki, A. A., Nguyen, T. B., Gasangwa, V., Levy, N., Proeschel, S., Yu, J., Ip, V., McGourty, M., Korsunsky, G., Novack, V., Mueller, A. L., Banner-Goodspeed, V., & Rozental, T. D. (2022). Virtual reality immersion compared to monitored anaesthesia care for hand surgery: A randomised controlled trial. PLOS ONE, 17(9), e0272030. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0272030 

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