Virtual reality study examines GP response when patients demand antibiotics


“Both trainee and senior GPs prescribed antibiotics without clinical need when faced with a virtual reality (VR) scenario where patients angrily demanded them, finds new UCL research.

The study highlights how VR could be of significant use in the education and training of GPs and other professionals who encounter ethical dilemmas.

Lead author Dr Sylvie Delacroix (UCL Laws) said: “The first time doctors will encounter such a choice is when they are faced with it. No amount of textbook learning or advice from seniors can substitute for experience. We wanted to see how VR could be used to help understand how GPs respond to this dilemma, as well as whether there might be a difference in response between more senior doctors and recent trainees.”

Image and text by University College London

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