Health care gaming app featured by Michigan Video Abstracts

March 16, 2018  //  FOUND IN: News

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With more than 30 different scenarios and mini-games, a full cast of odd characters to talk with and dozens of collectible items and weapons, SCI Hard puts the player in the chair of someone with a spinal cord injury. The game teaches the player how to self-manage their spinal cord dysfunction, all the while trying to save the world from legions of mutated animals.

This innovative health care gaming app was developed at U-M to help adolescents and young adults with spinal cord injury and dysfunction (SCI/D) develop self-management skills for this condition.

Listen to psychologist Michelle A. Meade, Ph.D., one of the creators of the game, describe SCI Hard’s features, why and how it was designed, and the research to evaluate its effectiveness. Video recordings from the game are used to illustrate key components of SCI Hard.

Meade is a psychologist and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her primary research interests focus on patient self-management, participation and health improvement, and reduction of costs and health care disparities for individuals with disabilities.

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