Scoping Review: Online Gaming Interventions for Patients With Congenital Heart Disease


Online patient education gaming interventions are needed for the adult cohort with congenital heart disease because current resources are not optimal. Online gaming interventions are currently being used throughout the health care environment. Even though my area of expertise encompasses the design and evaluation of patient education interventions, I have primarily focused on face-to-face and/or telephone-based interventions. My knowledge in the area of online gaming is severely limited. As a result, I undertook a scoping review to acquire a better understanding of what online gaming is, its associated characteristics, and the most common outcomes associated with these interventions. This case study presents an overview of a scoping review that I conducted with the main goal of summarizing and disseminating research findings, identifying research gaps, and making recommendations for future intervention design and evaluation. The stages for conducting a scoping review are presented along with some practical lessons learned.

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