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The co-design, implementation and evaluation of a serious board game 'PlayDecide patient safety' to educate junior doctors about patient safety and the importance of reporting safety concerns

Ward M, Shé ÉN, De Brún A, et al. The co-design, implementation and evaluation of a serious board game 'PlayDecide patient safety' to educate junior doctors about patient safety and the importance of reporting safety concerns. BMC Med Edu. 2019;19(1):232. doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1655-2.

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October 2, 2019
Ward M, Shé ÉN, De Brún A, et al. BMC Med Edu. 2019;19(1):232.

“Serious games” are becoming more prevalent in health care. This article describes a "serious game" PlayDecide for use of multidisciplinary healthcare teams in which the teams are presented with real-world case stories of events and incidents, incorporating the perspectives of healthcare professionals and patients. Players are tasked with exchanging and discussing perspectives and information, then working towards a shared group policy position around error reporting and patient safety. This study evaluated the use of the PlayDecide framework in two large urban academic medical centers and noted a significant change in error reporting behavior among junior faculty post-intervention. 

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Ward M, Shé ÉN, De Brún A, et al. The co-design, implementation and evaluation of a serious board game 'PlayDecide patient safety' to educate junior doctors about patient safety and the importance of reporting safety concerns. BMC Med Edu. 2019;19(1):232. doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1655-2.