Avoidable harms (pressure ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration, falls etc.) in health and care systems are a huge problem in human and financial terms. Small changes to the way that care is delivered at the frontline can have a huge impact on clinical outcomes and finance. However, it is is difficult to effect behavioural changes in such large and dispersed organisations.
The Nutrition Game is a board game with supporting web app designed to help frontline healthcare staff reduce the incidence of malnutrition and dehydration. It was developed for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK but is being used in other countries. The game is one of several developed to help drive incremental improvements in frontline care delivery.
The games themselves are quite simple and the main focus has been to develop clinically relevant usable content that will have maximum impact on the target audiences. The games are designed to be portable, engaging, simple to facilitate and easy to play.
Over 1,200 of these board games are currently being played in the UK in hospitals and care homes. Many thousands of people have played the online versions which are simplified and written in HTML5 to make them accessible via various devices. There is a growing base of evidence indicating that these relatively simple games are having a beneficial effect on the way that individual healthcare workers do their jobs.
We realise that the main focus of this initiative is to collate online games and video games so we hope that you'll accept our board games.
You can find links to both games via the homepage of this official NHS website www.stopthepressure.com
BTW The Nutrition Game was voted as Nutrition Resource of the Year 2013 in the UK.