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Toward a healthy lifestyle : Siege Arena and how a gamified framework can be applied to the design of a game for managing and treating chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity

Ogunjide, Oluwaremilekun Emmanuella (2021) Toward a healthy lifestyle : Siege Arena and how a gamified framework can be applied to the design of a game for managing and treating chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

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Abstract:The aim of this research is to investigate and develop a game for managing and treating diabetes and obesity from a theoretical and practical perspective. Peffers’ Design Science Research Methodology was used to design Siege Arena based on a theoretical model from the literature review and it was validated cyclically with a survey and interviews. Theoretical results show that a gamified treatment framework should have these features: Customizable Goal Setting, Education, Data Visualization, Reward/Feedback System, Activity Tracking, Game Element, Remote Monitoring, Social Options, Reminder System, and Personal Data Management. Both theory and practice agree that the most important feature for ensuring the efficacy of a game that manages diabetes and obesity is the Game Element. Based on interview results, Self-monitoring is more difficult in practice than anticipated in theory because of self-reporting bias. Theory makes a connection between Reminder Systems and keeping players engaged with the game, however, the interviewees reported that notifications could be intrusive. Finally, although the theory does not identify autonomy and empowerment as a feature that falls into the framework, the interview results raised this as a feature under self-motivation. Based on the interview and survey results, the identified framework contributes to the self-management portion of treatment methods.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Business Information Technology MSc (60025)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88588
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