Effectiveness of a serious game for medical education on insulin therapy: A pilot study

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Objective: We report the preliminary assessment of InsuOnline©, a serious game designed for medical education on insulin therapy. Materials and methods: We conducted a pilot study with 41 undergraduate medical students and Internal Medicine residents to assess the educational effectiveness of InsuOnline©, as compared to a traditional educational activity (lecture, cases discussion). Knowledge, skills and beliefs on insulin therapy were evaluated by a questionnaire applied before, immediately after, and 3 months after both interventions. Results: Mean knowledge/skills score was improved from 68% to 89% in traditional education group (n = 23; p < 0.001), and from 61% to 90% in game group (n = 18; p < 0.001). After 3 months, mean score decreased (to 80% in traditional education group, and to 78% in game group; p < 0.001 for both) but remained significantly higher than at baseline in both groups (p < 0.001 for both). Although mean score was lower in game group than in traditional education group at baseline (p = 0.04), no difference remained between groups either immediately or 3 months post-intervention. Score increment was better with the game (29%) than with traditional education (21%; p = 0.04). Beliefs improved in the game group only. Conclusions: InsuOnline© is at least as effective as a traditional educational activity for medical education on insulin therapy, and it can a good option for large-scale continuing medical education on diabetes.




Diehl, L. A., Gordan, P. A., Esteves, R. Z., & Coelho, I. C. M. M. (2015). Effectiveness of a serious game for medical education on insulin therapy: A pilot study. Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 59(5), 470–473. https://doi.org/10.1590/2359-3997000000118

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