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The wheel of Sukr: a framework for gamifying diabetes self-management in Saudi Arabia

The wheel of Sukr: a framework for gamifying diabetes self-management in Saudi Arabia
The wheel of Sukr: a framework for gamifying diabetes self-management in Saudi Arabia
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world. Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries where diabetes is most prevalent. Living with diabetes requires a great deal of care and self-management skills in several aspects of daily life. Selfcare and management range from keeping records of blood glucose levels and other associated information such as food intake,to having the emotional and social support needed to cope with the condition. Even though there are a number of ways in which patients can self-manage diabetes, they do not guarantee adherence to medication or enhance self-management skills. Moreover, the existing tools and communities are not available to Saudi patients. In order to promote better self-management of diabetes we propose the use of Gamification, which is the use of game elements in non-gaming environments. Since it is more psychology
than technology, it can influence the behaviour of users and motivate them to better self-manage their condition. The rewarding elements in it could help in motivating users towards healthy behaviours that they find difficult to start or maintain. It has been applied to a number of environments including healthcare, and yielded positive results in terms of increasing engagement,motivating people, and changing behaviour. Thus, in this research we propose a conceptual framework named “The Wheel Of Sukr” to assist in self-management of diabetes for young adults in Saudi Arabia. The framework emphasizes the link between gamification, and behaviour change methods. It incorporates a number of elements that are from the literature, believed to be necessary for the use of gamification in self-management of diabetes to change behaviour or reinforce positive.
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AlMarshedi, Alaa
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AlMarshedi, Alaa, Wills, Gary and Ranchhod, Ashok (2015) The wheel of Sukr: a framework for gamifying diabetes self-management in Saudi Arabia. Procedia Computer Science, 63, 475-480. (doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.08.370).

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Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world. Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries where diabetes is most prevalent. Living with diabetes requires a great deal of care and self-management skills in several aspects of daily life. Selfcare and management range from keeping records of blood glucose levels and other associated information such as food intake,to having the emotional and social support needed to cope with the condition. Even though there are a number of ways in which patients can self-manage diabetes, they do not guarantee adherence to medication or enhance self-management skills. Moreover, the existing tools and communities are not available to Saudi patients. In order to promote better self-management of diabetes we propose the use of Gamification, which is the use of game elements in non-gaming environments. Since it is more psychology
than technology, it can influence the behaviour of users and motivate them to better self-manage their condition. The rewarding elements in it could help in motivating users towards healthy behaviours that they find difficult to start or maintain. It has been applied to a number of environments including healthcare, and yielded positive results in terms of increasing engagement,motivating people, and changing behaviour. Thus, in this research we propose a conceptual framework named “The Wheel Of Sukr” to assist in self-management of diabetes for young adults in Saudi Arabia. The framework emphasizes the link between gamification, and behaviour change methods. It incorporates a number of elements that are from the literature, believed to be necessary for the use of gamification in self-management of diabetes to change behaviour or reinforce positive.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 September 2015
Published date: 2015
Venue - Dates: The 5th International Conference on Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare (ICTH 2015), Germany, 2015-09-27 - 2015-09-30
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 382912
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382912
ISSN: 1877-0509
PURE UUID: 815ee2da-b51d-4b9a-a91b-6c338cd9c797
ORCID for Alaa AlMarshedi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9645-1014
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5771-4088
ORCID for Ashok Ranchhod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4269-8825

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Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD
Author: Ashok Ranchhod ORCID iD

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