The study is being conducted in a children’s hospital, with children who are admitted for four or more days taking part in the study.The study is looking at the stress levels in children who have little or no contact with their friends and family while in hospital compared to children who are using video chat technology to maintain regular contact with their loved ones.
The success of these ‘virtual visits’ has led to the reasoning that they could in fact help supplement in-person visits for families who can’t afford to travel to the hospital for a visit.
The study also found that ‘virtual visits’ are equally as beneficial to the child as in-person visits and can actually help the patients recover quicker.
The reduced stress levels from having the ability to chat with family members at the touch of a button helped the patient to relax and allowed their body to combat the illness which brought them there in the first place.
Stress plays a huge role in the daily lives of most people, causing illness and depression in some.
Combating stress can be a difficult task, with many factors attributing to stress levels be it a nasty boss at work, a huge amount of homework to finish, or even getting stuck in traffic.
There have been many studies conducted which seek new and innovative ways to fight stress levels with some proving more successful than others.However, a recent study involving video chat as a way to reduce stress has shown very promising results.The parents of the children involved in the study fill out two surveys – one when the child is admitted to hospital and one a couple of days after they are released.The surveys ask questions regarding the child’s state of mind and perceived stress levels.In the study, children who were using the laptops to have ‘virtual visits’ were found to have a reduced stress level to those who children who did not receive use of the technology.The idea of ‘virtual visits’ is to allow children to spend more time with loved ones who may not have the ability to visit them frequently or stay with them while they are in hospital due to work or other commitments.