A Review of Existing Research on VR

Project Description

VR-RRTC researchers conducted a systematic review of existing empirical research on VR. The aim of the review was to characterize the public VR program in terms of its programmatic and systemic features, the types of customers served, and the kinds of outcomes achieved as reported in research studies. More broadly, the review aimed to describe the existing VR research base, including gaps in research, and to make recommendations for future research investment.

Researchers identified over 12,000 possibly relevant documents through an extensive search process, and then narrowed the review to 550 studies that best met the review criteria. To be included in the review, studies had to be empirically based (quantitative or qualitative) and produced (published or unpublished) between 1970 and 2008. Empirical research included secondary analysis of RSA databases and other relevant datasets. In addition, studies had to relate to the public VR program in terms of the system, the services it provides, and/or the outcomes it achieves at the individual or agency/program level. Researchers systematically reviewed the studies using a specific coding tool and then synthesized the findings.

Request for Literature Search in Review Database of 550 Studies

VR-RRTC researchers developed a database of the 550 studies that were included in this review, using an online application called EPPI-Reviewer. While we work to make this database available online, we are available to conduct specific literature searches within this database upon request.

For further information, or to request a literature search, contact Martha Klemm at (617) 287-4364 or martha.klemm@umb.edu.

Project Publications and Related Products can be found on the Project Publications Page.


For more information about this project, please contact:

Senior Research Associate
Institute for Community Inclusion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
(617) 287-4315 (voice)
(617) 287-4352 (fax)