Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus

J. Lauritzen, E. Årsand, A. Horsch, Luis Fernandez, T. Chomutare, J. G. Bellika, O. Hejlesen, G. Hartvigsen

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Insufficient treatment of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) can cause unpleasant and dangerous short-term complications, and disabling long-term complications. Children and adolescents are often associated with poor blood glucose regulation and poor treatment adherence. Motivating this group into achieving better illness knowledge, self-management and treatment adherence is difficult through ordinary diabetes education methods, which necessitates the need for alternate methods. METHODS: Health educational video games and social media are investigated as potential platforms for providing diabetes education and motivation. Publications were reviewed in order to estimate clinical and personal effects. RESULTS: 6 publications on children and adolescents' use of health educational video games displayed increased patients knowledge regarding their illness and treatment hereof, improved treatment adherence and positive clinical results. Social media is identified in 2 publications as a promising platform for online communities, where patients and next of kin can seek advise, help others and share experiences. DISCUSSION: Video games and social media constitute platforms that children and adolescents are familiar with, engage in and enjoy and are for diabetes educational purposes. Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory propose that by combining these platforms to make a social game experience that educates children and adolescents and motivates them conduct self-management and achieve better clinical results, thereby lowering their risk of diabetes complications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics
Pages459-466
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventHEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 1 Feb 20124 Feb 2012

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OtherHEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics
CountryPortugal
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Period1/2/124/2/12

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Social Media
Self Care
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Video Games
Publications
Therapeutics
Knowledge Management
Education
Telemedicine
Diabetes Complications
Blood Glucose
Health

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Computer games
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Self-management
  • Serious games
  • Social media
  • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Video games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Lauritzen, J., Årsand, E., Horsch, A., Fernandez, L., Chomutare, T., Bellika, J. G., ... Hartvigsen, G. (2012). Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. In HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics (pp. 459-466)

Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. / Lauritzen, J.; Årsand, E.; Horsch, A.; Fernandez, Luis; Chomutare, T.; Bellika, J. G.; Hejlesen, O.; Hartvigsen, G.

HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics. 2012. p. 459-466.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lauritzen, J, Årsand, E, Horsch, A, Fernandez, L, Chomutare, T, Bellika, JG, Hejlesen, O & Hartvigsen, G 2012, Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. in HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics. pp. 459-466, HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 1/2/12.
Lauritzen J, Årsand E, Horsch A, Fernandez L, Chomutare T, Bellika JG et al. Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. In HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics. 2012. p. 459-466
Lauritzen, J. ; Årsand, E. ; Horsch, A. ; Fernandez, Luis ; Chomutare, T. ; Bellika, J. G. ; Hejlesen, O. ; Hartvigsen, G. / Social media and games as self-management tools for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. HEALTHINF 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics. 2012. pp. 459-466
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