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Creating a Serious Game for Health

Author: JOHN M. CLOCHESY, MARC BUCHNER, RONALD L. HICKMAN, JR., MELISSA D. PINTO, and KYLE ZNAMENAK
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 38 No. 2

The prevalence of chronic illnesses continues to increase as does the cost of such care. Teaching self-management skills is more effective than solely providing information and teaching technical skills at improving health outcomes. Serious games for health provide an opportunity to support learning and health-related behavior change using messages and experiences in an engaging and entertaining format. We developed eSMART-HD with the intention of improving interactions between patients with chronic disorders and their health care providers. This paper describes the factors that we considered when creating eSMART-HD, a serious game for health.

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