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Currently submitted to: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Date Submitted: Mar 19, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Mar 19, 2020 - May 14, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Design and Validation of Virtual Environments for the Treatment of OCD related to fear to contamination

  • Zoilo Emilio Garcia-Batista Sr; 
  • Kiero Guerra-Peña Sr; 
  • Ivan Alsina-Jurnet; 
  • Antonio Cano-Vindel; 
  • Adriana M. Álvarez-Hernández; 
  • Luisa Marilia Cantisano-Guzmán; 
  • Leonardo A. Medrano; 


“Exposure therapy is highly effective to treat cleaning obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, traditional techniques, such as in vivo or imaginal exposure, show important limits that make the adherence to the treatment and/or the correct emotional activation difficult. Virtual Reality (VR) is a potential alternative to overcome such inconveniences. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop virtual environments clinically relevant for patients with cleaning OCD and assess their efficiency to obtain emotionally significant responses. Based on this, two scenarios were developed, with progressive levels of dirtiness: a public restroom and a kitchen. Both were applied to a clinical group (18 patients with cleaning OCD) and to a control one (22 without OCD). Both scenarios produced anxiety levels significantly higher in the clinical group. This result is a valuable support for the clinical use of these environments”.


Please cite as:

Garcia-Batista ZE Sr, Guerra-Peña K Sr, Alsina-Jurnet I, Cano-Vindel A, Álvarez-Hernández AM, Cantisano-Guzmán LM, Medrano LA

Design and Validation of Virtual Environments for the Treatment of OCD related to fear to contamination

JMIR Preprints. 19/03/2020:18800

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.18800


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