Pivoting to "No Contact": A Protocol for Conducting a Virtual Reality Relaxation Home Study for Teens Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

J Pediatr Health Care. 2021 Sep-Oct;35(5):552-558. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2021.01.002. Epub 2021 Mar 24.


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team planned to pilot a self-administered virtual reality environment for stress reduction. The purpose of this manuscript is to describe our pivot to a "no contact" protocol, including participant feedback and lessons learned. Our protocol included virtual reality study kit sanitization, delivery, and return; remote screening, consent, enrollment, and data collection; and virtual study visits. All study participants found the protocol to be acceptable. Lessons learned include strategies for institutional review board approval and improved orientation to the study technology. Despite a global pandemic, our "no contact" protocol was feasible and acceptable.

Keywords: Adolescent; protocol; stress; virtual reality.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • COVID-19 / psychology
  • Education, Distance*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Psychological Distress
  • Relaxation*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Virtual Reality*