Itch scratching itch, a vicious circle or is there a way out?
The aim of this project is to generate more insight into factors that play a role in the itch-scratch-itch cycle and into possibilities to break this cycle and thus improve the treatment options for chronic itching.
This project will contribute to the understanding of the influences on and treatment of chronic itch by means of breaking the itch-scratch-itch cycle.
01 September 2018 - 01 September 2024
Research is being conducted into the effect of virtual reality (VR) on the sensation of itching and whether VR can be used to allow a patient to scratch an itchy spot 'virtually'. Finally, research is being done into the effectiveness of a 'smart ring' that vibrates when a patient wants to scratch.
Because measuring itch is essential in assessing the effects of interventions/environments on itch, research is also being done into the content validity of measurement instruments for chronic itch from a patient perspective (Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM)).