A serious game for improving community-based prevention of neglected diseases

Masood Masoodian, Saturnino Luz, Manuel Cesario, Raquel Rangel Cesario, Bill Rogers, Diones A. Borges

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Abstract

Community-based healthcare strategies are becoming increasingly important in developing sustainable practices for prevention of neglected and emerging diseases in remote regions. In this paper, we discuss the use of 'serious games' as one of the strategies for improving local populations' knowledge of the causes, preventive measures, and treatment options for neglected tropical diseases. We illustrate the potential of such a strategy for fostering engagement between local communities and healthcare workers by presenting a serious game architecture we have developed in collaboration with medical researchers and practitioners working in Amazonia. Although this first game focuses on Leishmaniases, it can be extended to easily include other similar diseases. This prototype game has been presented to a group of experts on neglected tropical diseases, and their opinions are reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages286-291
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467367752
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015
Event28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2015 - Sao Carlos and Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Duration: 22 Jun 201525 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference28th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2015
CountryBrazil
CitySao Carlos and Ribeirao Preto
Period22/06/1525/06/15

Keywords

  • community education
  • disease prevention
  • games for healthcare
  • Serious games
  • ubiquitous computing

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