DéfiGame: a serious game for identifying developmental disorders of the nervous system

The diagnosis of TND is not always easy in the offices of pediatricians or therapists. The absence of certain signs, the desire to reassure the parents, not to question the already established diagnosis – all this can slow down the detection of the disease. It is for this purpose that DéfiGame was created – a serious game that will help doctors go through specific situations presented in a playful way.

DéfiGame has been launched by the national arm of DefiScience, which is working to improve the treatment of rare diseases of the nervous system. The goal of this innovative serious game: to educate general practitioners and urban pediatricians in the early diagnosis of TNI, because they are the first link in coordinated care and successful support for the entire family. “You can read it in the press release.

The idea was born in January 2020 at the Congress of the French Society of Neuropediatrics.… “The education of young people has to evolve as well, and all of our young doctors were born with smartphones in their hands, so we had to be creative in teaching. This discussion led to the idea of ​​making a game ”, Recalls Dr. Sylvian Pedenier, a neuropediatrician at CHRU Brest, who was actively involved in the implementation of DéfiGame.

I was a beta tester who agreed to participate in this test. As a recent head of the clinic, I am as close as possible to what interns learn. On this side, there are improvements in training, but this remains a small part. “, Testified by Dr. Caroline Monteragioni, ReAGJIR Northern Mission Officer

To transfer knowledge, doctors drew on their experience when creating the project. ” We could tell a clinical story, we tried to take a story inspired by reality. For example, for Angelic Man Syndrome, I have combined several real stories. The base matches the story of a little boy, I got the family involved to write the script anonymously “, Continues Sylviana Pödenier. ” From the very beginning, it was necessary to be able to cope with several clinical situations in order to be informative, to cover a wide range of situations for students who are doctors. When we answer questions, we can get information by clicking on what is recommended, there are links “, Continues Sylviana Pödenier.

Indeed, the docs are also available through this tool:

There are several scenarios with concerned families. When we enter the game, it is as if we are replacing the general practitioner who sees patients who are already being followed up. You must read the medical record with the information provided by your colleague. The reason for the consultation is not very precise. We answer the questions with two possible answers, if it is good it turns green and there is always a small comment to explain ”, Explains Sylviana Pödenier.

I was attracted by the playful side. I was especially interested in this from a pedagogical point of view, for students “, Adds Caroline Monteragioni. ” The drawings are game, we really got into real situations, children, age, description of parents’ concerns. This is not just a test of your knowledge, but an account of the situation as a whole, since in our present consultations it is quite exciting.

And informing doctors about these TNDs is important for proper follow-up of a child. ” The sooner we intervene, the more we provide it with the means to support the development trajectory. Even if specific treatments are rarely used, sometimes for certain metabolic diseases, an adapted diet can improve a child’s daily life. In case of complications, such as epilepsy, if it is not diagnosed, treatment will be delayed, which is necessarily detrimental. In addition, if we do not diagnose a family with a genetic disorder, we may have growing siblings and a relapse of the disease. “, Adds Sylviana Pödenier.

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