Carina Damas De Assuncao

PhD Student
School of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment
Project Title: Serious Games and Axial Spondyloarthritis: Developing novel approaches for self management, facilitating adherence to exercise and improving efficacy of rehabilitation

Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is an inflammatory condition affecting the spine causing pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Physical activity is recommended to manage symptoms but adherence to exercise programs is low. Mobile apps have been developed to try and encourage people with axSpA to take up exercise but failed to engage them long-term. Games can be very engaging through immersive storytelling, challenging goals, and rewarding incentives. Serious games, games applied to serious contexts, present a powerful yet relatively untapped tool in supporting and enriching personalised and precise care for chronic conditions such as axSpA. This project will apply participatory research methods to design a framework that will guide the development of a game to support people with axSpA and their adherence to exercise plans.