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Gamification of Medication Adherence in Epilepsy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rhys ThomasORCiD



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Adherence to medication regimens is a crucial factor in seizure-freedom and well-being for people with epilepsy. In contrast, taking medication inconsistently increases the risk of not only seizures and their adverse effects, but drug side-effects and unnecessary modifications to treatment plans. Epilepsy is prevalent across all age groups and we have been slow to utilise both the technologies and psychologies derived from computer gaming. Gaming has broken through to the mainstream and is no longer the preserve of younger males, mirroring the adoption of smart-phones. ‘Gamification’ motivates users into engaging in an activity with a higher intensity and duration. Introducing gaming elements into a non-gaming context has the potential to transform routine tasks into more enjoyable and motivating experiences. This has been exploited by marketing executives, but also has clear uses in a healthcare setting too. We discuss how previously published frameworks could be employed to help people with epilepsy adhere to medication regimens to create a patient-focussed, modifiable and fun experience.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Abdul-Rahim MI, Thomas RH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Seizure

Year: 2017

Volume: 52

Pages: 11-14

Print publication date: 01/11/2017

Online publication date: 14/09/2017

Acceptance date: 13/09/2017

Date deposited: 25/09/2017

ISSN (print): 1059-1311

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2688

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2017.09.008

PubMed id: 28934624


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