Hospigame is a range of medical aid applications for children from 3 years old. They reduce pain during small procedures. These applications have demonstrated their effectiveness in clinical tests: playing reduces the feeling of pain in children.

The concept

A global concept that follows the patient throughout his care journey.

The context

In pediatrics, information is everyone’s business. Hospigame promotes both coping strategies for children and a family-centered approach. The applications improve the experience of care and reduce anxiety related to waiting in the consultation service or hospitalization.

HospiGame is an initiative led by Brussels nurses in collaboration with the serious game studio Rebelle Productions, which aims to reduce pain and anxiety related to care.

The Problem

Frequent, intense or lighter, the pains induced by treatment have the particularity of affecting the most fragile populations. Caring for them represents an important part of the caregivers’ work.

Indeed, their consequences can be harmful. In addition to obvious ethical considerations, procedural pain can, on the one hand, modify later perceptions of pain in children, and affect caregivers’ esteem.

Storytelling and interactive visit

Solution before treatment

The child plays a mini-game (in the presence of his parents and/or caregivers).
• This is information about the progress of the procedure
in a playful context.
• It is an opportunity for caregivers to assess their level
anxiety and to adapt therapeutic strategies.

• More uniformity and control in the dissemination of information.
• Possibility to repeat the information at will, without the need to
the presence of staff.
• Decreased anxiety (parents and children) before the procedure.
• Better psychological adaptation to stress (support for
coping strategies)

Augmented reality games

Solution during treatment

The child plays during the procedures (3 separate processes)
• Distraction
• Symbolic game
• Hypnotic suggestion

• Facilitated involvement of parents during care (they are busy playing and not stressing)
• Reduced pain and anxiety for the child

Interactive games

Solution after the treatment

• Parents are informed on how to locate the
pain and take care of the child after the procedure.
• The child is encouraged to follow his treatment via mini-games

• Parents find themselves active in explaining to their child what has happened.
• The child has the opportunity to reconstruct the trauma memory in a positive way