Your Help Needed in Improving Medical Care and Medical Education
You are invited to help improve medical care and medical education by participating in a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of mobile technology for teaching best practices in clinical medicine.
Consequent to an agreement with Medical Joyworks, the developers of the popular Prognosis apps used on smart phones, this game series was developed by A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU SOMA) faculty. The aim is to assist in learning best practices for common clinical scenarios in the community healthcare setting.
There are 5 games in the series. Each game takes up to 5 minutes to play and consists of a brief history and physical exam along with options for further investigative studies and management plans. To play, you choose which investigations to perform and you choose the management plan. You are then told if you optimized care or not.
The “play” of the game is followed by a summary discussion of the diagnosis and reasoning involved in each clinical scenario. You are given a rating at the end of each case. Each case can be replayed as many times as desired to enhance understanding of the material and improve user rating.
We ask that you complete two short surveys. The first will be presented before you play the games. The second will be available when you finish the games (or choose the “complete survey” button from the main menu). We will not collect your email address or any personal identifiable information.
To take the survey and play the games you will need to install the app on your mobile device from the URL provided: http://www.prognosisapp.com/atsu/ This is a verified secure download.The application was created by Medical Joyworks, with content from ATSU SOMA.
There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to your participation in the games or the survey. The results of this study will be reported in an anonymous, aggregate form. The study results may be reported in reports, presentations, or publications in aggregate. Your participation may help to improve medical education and also healthcare for the people in your community.
Thank you for your time and consideration in contributing to this project. By playing the games and completing the survey questions you are providing consent to be part of our study. Your identity will remain anonymous.