University of Pittsburgh's Deepika Mohan, MD, and game developer Schell Games have created a game to improve doctors' ability to recognize severe trauma in patients. Six months after playing the game, doctors are still performing better than ever.
Comment: I anticipate that video games could play a major role also in promoting first aid skills across the general public, as well as basic skills in recognising a life-threatening situation (sick child, snake bite) and knowing what to do (get medical help, avoid traditional healer). Not to mention how they might help health workers to develop their skills. On the basis of our current discussion on traditional healers, such games could also help them to be safer and more effective!
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