Serious games: an intervention in low-secure settings
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Serious games: an intervention in low-secure settings

Martin Fitzgerald Clinical lead, Prospect Place, Rehabilitation and High Support Directorate, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport, Lancashire
Gemma Kirk Senior occupational therapist, Prospect Place, Rehabilitation and High Support Directorate, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport, Lancashire

Martin Fitzgerald and Gemma Kirk describe how the board game snakes and ladders was adapted to help individuals understand and engage in the rehabilitation process

Engaging service users in treatment is part of the supportive and therapeutic care provided by staff in low-secure services. This can be difficult to achieve because service users often do not value or believe they will benefit from the treatment offered. Novel treatment approaches, such as serious games, are increasingly being used in mental health settings. This article describes the development and trial of a serious game intervention in a low-secure service. The game facilitated discussion with service users about their care and treatment, and prompted the sharing of real-life experiences. Most service users stated that the game improved their understanding of their care pathway.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 3, 14-19. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.11.17.3.14.e813

Correspondence

Martin.fitzgerald@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 02 November 2012

Accepted: 16 January 2013