Using Serious Games to Motivate Children with Cystic Fibrosis to Engage with Mucus Clearance Physiotherapy

OIKONOMOU, Andreas and DAY, David (2012). Using Serious Games to Motivate Children with Cystic Fibrosis to Engage with Mucus Clearance Physiotherapy. In: The Sixth International Conference on Complex, Intelligent, and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS-2012), Sanpaolo Palace Hotel, Palermo, Italy , July 4th-July 6th. (Submitted)

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    Abstract

    Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy is an effective method for removing mucus build-up in the lungs of sufferers of chronic lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF). However, the compliance by young children and adolescents to undertake such physiotherapy can lead to confrontation and stressful situations within families, and can impact on the health of the individual. We have developed game software which is controlled through breathing into a PEP mask or mouthpiece using an air pressure sensor to interface with the PC. By combining games with mucus clearing devices, it could provide a powerful means of encouraging children, teenagers and adults to engage more frequently, and effectively, with vital mucus clearance physiotherapy. This paper presents promising initial results and describes further usability testing plans.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
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    Depositing User: David Day
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 18:04
    Last Modified: 30 May 2012 18:04
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5248

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