A serious game as adjunct therapy to pharmacological interventions, for the management of peri-operative pain in children.
SERES Clinipup® is a serious game designed to reduce anxiety and pain in kids aged 6-10, who undergo ambulatory surgery. The Clinipup® package also comes with an e-learning developed specifically for parents. It helps parents prepare their child for surgery and educates them on how to manage their child’s pain at home, after the surgery. Clinipup® was clinically validated in 2 independent trials. (RZ Tienen, KU Leuven, UZ Gent)1,2,3
Supports medical staff
Pain management is notoriously difficult in children. Staff often find it difficult to evaluate how much pain a child has, and to determine the right level of treatment. CliniPup® was developed together with hospital staff and pediatric experts to address this issue.
CliniPup® was evaluated in 2 clinical trials for use as an adjunct therapy to pharmaceutical interventions for pediatric peri-operative pain management.
CliniPup® is a loveable character that kids can relate AND look up to. He guides kids through a typical day of surgery, so they can anticipate what will happen. He also teaches how to communicate about our experience & allows us to practice some key coping skills.
Outcomes of the pilot trial were encouraging1,2,3 and gave clear guidance on where to focus development efforts to refine and improve CliniPup®. The upgraded version is currently being validated in an additional clinical trial.
Children who played CliniPup® demonstrated a 39% reduction in preoperative anxiety compared to controls (p=0.01). Parents of children who played CliniPup® demonstrated a 17% reduction in anxiety prior to surgery (non-statistically significant) compared to controls. No difference in postoperative pain score between test and control group. CliniPup® received NPS of 67 from parents.
1. Verschueren, S., van Aalst, J., Bangels, A. M., Toelen, J., Allegaert, K., Buffel, C., & Vander Stichele, G. (2019). Development of CliniPup, a Serious Game Aimed at Reducing Perioperative Anxiety and Pain in Children: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR serious games, 7(2), e12429. doi:10.2196/12429 2. Buffel, C., van Aalst, J., Bangels, A. M., Toelen, J., Allegaert, K., Verschueren, S., & Vander Stichele, G. (2019). A Web-Based Serious Game for Health to Reduce Perioperative Anxiety and Pain in Children (CliniPup): Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR serious games, 7(2), e12431. doi:10.2196/12431. 3. Matthyssens, L.E., Vanhulle, A., Seldenslach, L., Vander Stichele, G., Coppens, M., Van Hoecke, E. A pilot study of the effectiveness of a serious game CliniPup on perioperative anxiety and pain in children, J Pediatr Surg, 55(2), 2020, 304-311. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2019.10.031