Monster-filled Game App Aims to Make Patient Experience Less Scary

HealthLeaders Media News, October 5, 2016

Monster-filled Game App Aims to Make Patient Experience Less Scary

Wrangling a bevy of virtual monsters may distract, educate, and assuage young patients' medical fears.

Throughout the summer, hospitals have been sharing how they've used Pokémon Go as a patient experience measure. Now, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital has taken that concept and improved upon it by creating a hospital-based game app to distract, educate, and assuage patients' fears.

The game—called UnMonsters—is set inside the Tampa, FL-hospital, and invites young patients to wrangle four silly monsters. Players can earn medical "power ups" along the way by answering simple health related questions, like "Do you know how many servings of dairy you should be eating in a single day?" and "What is a stethoscope used for?"

"Sometimes, the best way to conquer our fear is to view things in a different way," St. Joseph's Children's Hospital President Kimberly Guy said in a media release.

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