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Child’s play: encouraging 5-10 year-olds with type 1 diabetes to log blood glucose readings

The Monster Manor appMonster Manor‘ is a free smartphone/tablet game app for children with type 1 diabetes. By logging their capillary blood glucose players earn rewards which help them advance through the game. Monster Manor aims to encourage children to track their blood glucose readings and become more engaged in their diabetes management. It was produced by Ayogo and launched in the UK in October 2013 by the Oxford AHSN Diabetes Clinical Network, in partnership with Sanofi UK and Diabetes UK.

The Diabetes Clinical Network evaluated the game to determine its uptake and effect on blood glucose testing. Those who downloaded Monster Manor were invited to complete online surveys about their diabetes management before and after playing the game and were asked for their opinion and experience of playing the game. Download analytics were also examined. One year after launch there were 50-75 active users per month, reduced from a peak of 445 shortly after launch. In total 7,699 capillary blood glucose readings were logged by players.

Monster Manor was runner-up in two national awards: the game was highly commended in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards and received a bronze in the PM Digital Awards. Read more…

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