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DSSH Quality Label for valid games in the news!

Nice article (in Dutch) by Daan Marcelis in the journal of  Arts en Auto


Studybooks, webcasts and congresses are out of date.  The educational horizon is rapidly expanding now serious games are being embedded in educational curricula.  Recently, the  first two games were granted the Quality Label for Valid Games in Healthcare by the  Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare!

First International Quality Labels for Valid Games granted!

During the well-visited Congress of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare DSSH (March 19th 2014), the first First International Quality Labels for Valid Games in Healthcare are procured. This international initiative of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare is supported by academic medical centers in close collaboration with the gaming industry. It supports and stimulates the development of serious / applied games in Healthcare, and stimulates transparency in efficacy and design proces to the public. Secondly, it supports game developers building effective serious / applied games in healthcare troughout the process. The Quality Label is granted to games that are indeed able to support their claim on the efficacy of the game rightfully. As there are many games out there, the DSSH feels that transparency and disclosure on validity are essential for the public. Both patients and health care professionals must be able to trust what they use when engaging in serious gaming.

An intensive, multidisciplinary strategy was set up assess the games. A comprehensive list of criteria was developed, and used by game developers / parties to submit their game for the Quality Label. Games were played and scientifically assessed by an independent Committee, in which professionals of various discipline are represented (medical domain: physcians / medical specialists; validity experts: educational specialists and cognitive psychologists). Safety of user, transparency of goals and disclosure and support for stated effectiveness were assessed according to clinical validation / representation of the game and results in literature. A maximum of five stars can be obtained.

The DSSH wishes to Congratulate the following Games that were granted the Quality Label for Valid Games:

Two Stars: Brevissima (School of Nursing & Midwifery; Flinders University, Adelaide Australia)
Two Stars: 'Op Eigen Kracht'  (Red Jezelf ism IJsfontein)

Three Stars: abcdeSIM  (ErasmusMC ism IJsfontein)
Three Stars: Medicina (School of Nursing & Midwifery; Flinders University, Adelaide Australia)

Bas Smallenbroek ('Op Eigen Kracht') and Mary Dankbaar (abcdeSIM) with the acquired Quality Label for their Games.

Does your game deserve a Quality Label with scientific significance? Please feel free to submit your game. Read here how to obtain your Quality Label!

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