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Innovative gaming research gains national recognition
Date:3/13/2014

Television shows have been using tension between hospital personnel as compelling drama for years. But, in the real world, misunderstandings and miscommunication in the healthcare environment can cause errors with long-lasting, even fatal consequences.

With that in mind, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, Baylor Scott & White Health and UT Dallas developed a video-game simulation that they say can teach doctors and nurses to work more collaboratively by playing out tense situations in a virtual world.

The federally funded project recently received two national awards at the 4th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase during the 2014 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in San Francisco. The honors included a Best-in-Show award for the Academic Faculty Category and a 4th place award in the Technology Innovations division.

"Our hope is that this project will enhance patient safety and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes," said Beth Mancini, a UT Arlington nursing professor and Associate Dean of the College of Nursing. "Being honored by the judges at this year's International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare tells us that the virtual learning environment we've built is among the very best in terms of content and design."

Mancini is principal investigator for a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that funds GLIMPSE, or a "Game to Learn Important Communications Methods for Patient Safety Enhancement

Mancini's partners in the research were Baylor Scott & White Health's Dr. Yan Xiao, director of patient safety research, and Susan

Houston, director of nursing research at the hospital, as well as University of Texas at Dallas' Marjorie Zielke. Zielke is director of the UT Dallas Arts and Technology program's Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies Lab.

Before the team could build a game for doctors and nurses to play as
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Contact: Traci Peterson
tpeterso@uta.edu
817-521-5494
University of Texas at Arlington
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