When this blog first started, I posted about some new video games that aimed to improve health. One of those games, Re-Mission, has recently been shown to be an effective mode of health education about cancer.
Beale et al tested the game with 375 teen and young adult cancer patients. Participants received either a commercial game and the game Re-Mission or just a commercial game. They were asked to play the games for an hour a week for 3 months. Both groups were tested on cancer knowledge at the beginning and end of the study.
Researchers found that the group who played Re-MIssion had significant knowledge gains over the group who did not play the game. They conclude that video games can be an effective way to teach patients about health.