Recruitment for this study has come to an end. Thank you for your interest. We thank those who are participating!
The purpose of this study is to use a Digital Intervention Suite (a combination of Virtual Reality-VR, a web-based platform, and a wearable-Oura Ring) to understand and reduce the experience of stress/distress faced by nursing professionals.
Stress, anxiety, distress, and burnout are exceptionally high among healthcare workers at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding factors underlying distress and resilience in complex workplace contexts are limited, and there are limited evidence-based interventions for stress and moral distress among frontline healthcare workers.
The purpose of this study is to use a Digital Intervention Suite (a combination of Virtual Reality-VR, a web-based platform, and a wearable-Oura Ring) to understand and reduce the experience of stress/distress faced by nursing professionals. This study involves participation in an in-person VR set up and use of an app and a wearable over the duration of the study (14+ weeks). The immersive VR component of the study involves a virtual experience of navigating a challenging workplace scenario to understand stress response and provide an overview of interventions that can be used to reduce workplace stress. Upon completion of the in-person VR visit, participants will continue to use the app and the wearable for the study duration to understand stress response in their actual workplaces. Participants will have real-time access to their essential data on wellness collected through the app and wearable (e.g., sleep, activity, physiological signals, anxiety symptoms). The Digital Intervention Suite (combined use of these three components: VR, app, and wearable) is essential for a thorough understanding of stress and moral distress. This is a de-identified study, and the team will only have access to de-identified data for analysis at the end of the study.
Compensation will be provided for in-person visits. You may receive up to $370 CAD and may be eligible to keep the Oura Ring (valued at $415 CAD) upon full study participation.