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Acceptability of Video Games to Promote Asthma Education and Self-management in Children

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03613675
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : August 3, 2018
Last Update Posted : August 3, 2018
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Concordia University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sze Man Tse, St. Justine's Hospital

Brief Summary:

Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting over 800,000 Canadian children. Knowing how to avoid asthma triggers, to take care of one's health, and to know when and why to do one's treatment can help prevent asthma crises, and have a better quality of life.

Games in health can make the management of asthma easier by helping the child better understand his condition, his triggers, and manage his asthma by himself. Games also offer a personalized experience, where players can receive feedback about their learning. However, few studies explored the use of games in childhood asthma.

This study will test 4 games for children with asthma. Through different characters and scenarios, the goals of the games are to help the child with asthma to better recognize and manage his asthma triggers and symptoms. The objectives of this study are:

  • Evaluate the acceptability of these games in children with asthma
  • Gather feedback on the games to guide future development

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Asthma Device: Video games Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 14 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Participants will be asked to play 4 video games on asthma.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Device Feasibility
Official Title: Acceptability of Video Games to Promote Asthma Education and Self-management in Children
Estimated Study Start Date : October 1, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 30, 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Asthma

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Video games
All participants will be asked to play 4 video games.
Device: Video games

The 4 videos games consists of:

  • Asthmonaut, a desktop game in which the child navigates through different scenarios and interacts with nine characters to learn about asthma symptoms and management (30 minutes)
  • Lung Launcher, a mobile game in which the character encounters different asthma triggers (customizable to the child) and the child has to find the correct preventive method to address each trigger (4 minutes)
  • Asthma Heroes, a desktop game where the player interacts with several characters to learn about their symptoms, treatment and context, and collects objects to help them manage their asthma (30 minutes)
  • Bloïd, a mobile game where the player uses a pressure sensor as an input device to guide a spacecraft and destroy meteorites in its path (4 minutes).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Gaming experience, relevance for end-user, and areas of improvement of the games [ Time Frame: Immediately after playing the games (same day) ]
    This is a qualitative outcome which includes the quality of the interface as assessed by the player, the gaming experience, its relevance for the end-user, and areas of improvement. This will be assessed through a questionnaire and a focus group.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Asthma knowledge [ Time Frame: Immediately after playing the games (same day) ]
    This includes retention of key messages and whether the games respond to the families' knowledge gaps. Knowledge transfer will be assessed through a questionnaire administered to the child before and after the gaming experience. This questionnaire contains 16 true or false questions and 5 questions with short answers on asthma. The maximal score on this questionnaire is 25 (range 0-25).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria: Along with a parent, children

  • aged 8-12 years inclusively
  • with physician-diagnosed asthma
  • who are on a daily controller medication
  • who understand French or English.

Exclusion Criteria: children with

  • chronic respiratory conditions other than asthma
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • developmental delay.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03613675

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Contact: Sze Man Tse, MDCM MPH 514-345-4931 ext 5409
Contact: Fabio Balli, MAS GradD

Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Justine's Hospital
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Concordia University

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Responsible Party: Sze Man Tse, Assistant professor, pediatric respirologist, St. Justine's Hospital Identifier: NCT03613675     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2019-2075
First Posted: August 3, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 3, 2018
Last Verified: August 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Sze Man Tse, St. Justine's Hospital:
video games

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases