GameSpeak & ClinicSpeak: Can we gamify MS life skills?

Can healthcare be delivered via a game? #MSBlog #GameSpeak #ClinicSpeak #BrainHealth

"Engagement and adoption is the biggest problems facing healthcare innovators, or wannabe healthcare innovators like me. We can come up with an idea very 5 minutes, but unless we can implement them, get them adopted, show that they have an impact on outcomes and are cost effective we are wasting our time and your time. On the other side of the coin getting the target population to change their behaviour is remarkably difficult. The paper below describes turning the process into a game with the hope that this will change behaviour. The downside of this is that not everyone necessarily likes games. What do you think? Could we design a game to nudge MSers to improve their lifestyles with the hope that it will improve outcomes? If you have any ideas or examples, in particular around Brain Health, I would be very interested to know about them. Please remember the game may also involve healthcare professionals."

Giunti G. Gamified Design for Health Workshop. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:605-6.

Increasing lifespans for chronic disease sufferers means a population of young patients who require lifestyle intervention from an early age. For multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, social problems begin with the decline of cognitive skills and their quality of life is affected. In this workshop, organizers will propose participants to work on different gamification design approaches to solve MS patients' engagement problem. Participants will obtain skills that can be extrapolated to other conditions that require patients change to adopt a different behavior. At the end, participants will present their proposed gamification design and discuss and comment each solution, assessing potential unintended outcomes and advantages.

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