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ResistanceSim - development and acceptability study of a serious game to improve understanding of insecticide resistance management in vector control programmes

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Thomsen, Edward ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1136-6430, Hemingway, Charlotte, South, Andrew, Duda, Kirsten, Dormann, Claire, Farmer, Bobby, Coleman, Michael ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4186-3526 and Coleman, Marlize (2018) 'ResistanceSim - development and acceptability study of a serious game to improve understanding of insecticide resistance management in vector control programmes'. Malaria Journal, Vol 17, Issue 422.

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Abstract

The use of insecticides is the cornerstone of effective malaria vector control. However, the last two decades has seen the ubiquitous use of insecticides, predominantly pyrethroids, causing widespread insecticide resistance and compromising the effectiveness of vector control. Considerable efforts to develop new active ingredients and interventions are underway. However, it is essential to deploy strategies to mitigate the impact of insecticide resistance now, both to maintain the efficacy of currently available tools as well as to ensure the sustainability of new tools as they come to market. Although the World Health Organization disseminated best practice guidelines for insecticide resistance management (IRM), Rollback Malaria’s Vector Control Working Group identified the lack of practical knowledge of IRM as the primary gap in the translation of evidence into policy. ResistanceSim is a capacity strengthening tool designed to address this gap. The development process involved frequent stakeholder consultation, including two separate workshops. These workshops defined the learning objectives, target audience, and the role of mathematical models in the game. Software development phases were interspersed with frequent user testing, resulting in an iterative design process. User feedback was evaluated via questionnaires with Likert-scale and open-ended questions. The game was regularly evaluated by subject-area experts through meetings of an external advisory panel. Through these processes, a series of learning domains were identified and a set of specific learning objectives for each domain were defined to be communicated to vector control programme personnel. A simple “game model” was proposed that produces realistic outputs based on player strategy and also runs in real-time. Early testing sessions revealed numerous usability issues that prevented adequate player engagement. After extensive revisions, later testing sessions indicated that the tool would be a valuable addition to IRM training

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 600 Insect control. Tick control
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 240 Disinfection. Disinfestation. Pesticides (including diseases caused by)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-018-2563-3
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 15:31
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/9580

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