Participant Reactions to Disease Risk Information
This study will investigate interactions between doctors and patients regarding risks of
common, complex diseases using virtual reality technology.
Men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 who have access to the Internet and were born
and raised in the United States may be eligible for this study. Participants will be
recruited from the Washington D.C. area.
Study subjects complete two phases. The first phase is to complete an online questionnaire
about their heath-related background, family health history, cancer risk perceptions, and
demographic information using a secure survey website. The second phase involves
interacting with a virtual doctor in a virtual environment clinical scenario, followed by
completion of a second questionnaire. While in the virtual environment, participants wear a
head-mounted video unit that allows them to see elements of the environment. The activities
in the virtual environment take about 15 minutes. The total time for the study is about 60
Adjustment in subjective disease risk estimates
Susan Persky, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
United States: Federal Government
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