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Pain Squad – kids with cancer control their pain through gamification with back-up from Flashpoint characters [Video]

IMG_0256Two years ago me and my wife spent our holidays in Canada. We had a great time travelling in the east of Canada and spending some time in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, visiting the Niagara Falls or doing the Edge Walk on the CN Tower. One evening we ran into the shootings of Flashpoint, one of Canada’s top police dramas. So here is a picture of my beloved wife with one of the actors to show some evidence.

Now I refer back to these guys because the popular characters from Flashpoint and Rookie Blue also play a role in a pain diary app called “Pain Squad

Pain Squad is an iPhone app that helps kids and teens with cancer track how intense their pain is, how long it lasts, where it hurts as well as what helps to treat it. They are also able to record how pain impacts their mood and daily activities, such as doing schoolwork, sleeping and interacting with others.

“We made it easier for kids and teens to track their pain symptoms by using technology that they’re familiar with. Keeping an iPhone pain diary is not only less work, but fun, too. Pain Squad is unique because while it helps patients keep track of their own symptoms, it also contributes to research by collecting data on cancer pain. Having solid information on the prevalence and severity of pain and the effectiveness of treatment will allow us to better manage pain and ultimately help improve the quality of life for our patients.” says Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist and Nurse Practitioner in the Chronic Pain Program, SickKids.


One comment on “Pain Squad – kids with cancer control their pain through gamification with back-up from Flashpoint characters [Video]

  1. Pingback: Gamers, Serious Games And Gamification In Social Work [VIDEO] [INFOGRAPHIC] | MOBILE SOCIAL WORK

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2013 by in Apps, Children, Games, Health, VIDEO, Youth and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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