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Adaptive tele-therapies based on serious games for health for people with time-management and organisational problems: preliminary results.

Frutos-Pascual M, Zapirain BG, Zorrilla AM - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2014)

Bottom Line: Inattention problems can lead to greater difficulties in completing assignments, as well as problems with time management and prioritisation of tasks.The technologies and techniques used were selected so as to boost user involvement and to enable the system to be easily customised.To do so, we relied on the collection of parameters and the conduct of surveys for assessing time management skills, as well as measuring system usability and availability.

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Affiliation: DeustoTech Life (eVIDA), Faculty of Engineering, University of Deusto, Bilbao 48007, Spain. maitefrutos@deusto.es.

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Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent disorders within the child population today. Inattention problems can lead to greater difficulties in completing assignments, as well as problems with time management and prioritisation of tasks. This article presents an intelligent tele-therapy tool based on Serious Games for Health, aimed at the improvement of time management skills and the prioritisation of tasks. This tele-system is based on the use of decision trees within Django, a high-level Python Web framework. The technologies and techniques used were selected so as to boost user involvement and to enable the system to be easily customised. This article shows the preliminary results of the pilot-phase in an experiment performed to evaluate the use of adaptive tele-therapies within a group of typically developing children and adolescents aged between 12 and 19 years old without ADHD. To do so, we relied on the collection of parameters and the conduct of surveys for assessing time management skills, as well as measuring system usability and availability. The results of a time management survey highlighted that the users involved in the trial did not use any specific or effective time management techniques, scoring 1.98 and 2.30 out of 5 points in this area for ages under 15 and over 16 years old, respectively. The final calculations based on the usability questionnaire resulted in an average score of 78.75 out of 100. The creation of a customisable tool capable of working with different skills, in conjunction with the replication of the current study, may help to understand these users' needs, as well as boosting time management skills among teenagers with and without ADHD.

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ijerph-11-00749-f006: (a) TMBQ—responses; (b) SUS questionnaire—responses.

Mentions: The evaluation of participants’ time management skills was done by using a Spanish validated version of the TMB Questionnaire [66]. This questionnaire consists of 34 items divided into four different areas; please refer to Table 3 for details. Items were evaluated by using a Likert scale ranging from 1 (“never”) to 5 (“always”). Average results obtained in each of the areas described are those shown in Figure 6a. These mean values were obtained by calculating the average of each of the items within each area and the responses of the 17 participants divided into two groups.


Adaptive tele-therapies based on serious games for health for people with time-management and organisational problems: preliminary results.

Frutos-Pascual M, Zapirain BG, Zorrilla AM - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2014)

(a) TMBQ—responses; (b) SUS questionnaire—responses.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3924472&req=5

ijerph-11-00749-f006: (a) TMBQ—responses; (b) SUS questionnaire—responses.
Mentions: The evaluation of participants’ time management skills was done by using a Spanish validated version of the TMB Questionnaire [66]. This questionnaire consists of 34 items divided into four different areas; please refer to Table 3 for details. Items were evaluated by using a Likert scale ranging from 1 (“never”) to 5 (“always”). Average results obtained in each of the areas described are those shown in Figure 6a. These mean values were obtained by calculating the average of each of the items within each area and the responses of the 17 participants divided into two groups.

Bottom Line: Inattention problems can lead to greater difficulties in completing assignments, as well as problems with time management and prioritisation of tasks.The technologies and techniques used were selected so as to boost user involvement and to enable the system to be easily customised.To do so, we relied on the collection of parameters and the conduct of surveys for assessing time management skills, as well as measuring system usability and availability.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: DeustoTech Life (eVIDA), Faculty of Engineering, University of Deusto, Bilbao 48007, Spain. maitefrutos@deusto.es.

ABSTRACT
Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent disorders within the child population today. Inattention problems can lead to greater difficulties in completing assignments, as well as problems with time management and prioritisation of tasks. This article presents an intelligent tele-therapy tool based on Serious Games for Health, aimed at the improvement of time management skills and the prioritisation of tasks. This tele-system is based on the use of decision trees within Django, a high-level Python Web framework. The technologies and techniques used were selected so as to boost user involvement and to enable the system to be easily customised. This article shows the preliminary results of the pilot-phase in an experiment performed to evaluate the use of adaptive tele-therapies within a group of typically developing children and adolescents aged between 12 and 19 years old without ADHD. To do so, we relied on the collection of parameters and the conduct of surveys for assessing time management skills, as well as measuring system usability and availability. The results of a time management survey highlighted that the users involved in the trial did not use any specific or effective time management techniques, scoring 1.98 and 2.30 out of 5 points in this area for ages under 15 and over 16 years old, respectively. The final calculations based on the usability questionnaire resulted in an average score of 78.75 out of 100. The creation of a customisable tool capable of working with different skills, in conjunction with the replication of the current study, may help to understand these users' needs, as well as boosting time management skills among teenagers with and without ADHD.

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