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Changing The Way We Do Research

To give you an idea of how timelines work in industry research that aims to mirror academic research, I started designing Flowy’s pilot trial in November 2013 and just submitted an amended second draft of our manuscript for publication in the Games for Health Journal last Wednesday – that’s 1 year 9 months and counting. If you think that sounds like a long time, consider the fact that the average duration of a randomized controlled trial from the initiation of subject recruitment to publication of the outcome is 5.5 years(1). For research in mHealth, this time lag is especially problematic: the technology being evaluated may well be obsolete before the trial is completed.

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Simon Fox
Health pickups and heart containers: play keeps us sane

In East Carolina, nestled quietly in the college of health is a group of people who all share a commonality. These people experience depression and anxiety as what is called a ‘comorbid’ condition - that is to say both together. There’s something else they share as well - they’re all playing Bejeweled. And it’s making them better.  

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Simon Fox