App to reduce stress and anxiety in children going to the hospital
Challenge: Children undergoing painful procedures at the hospital are more prone to increased stress-levels, hence there is a need for tools that can alleviate this.
Learning objectives: Learn how to breathe in a way that relaxes the body and get familiar with elements of a procedure.
Context of use: Before and during a medical procedure at the hospital
Solution: “Mit Følgedyr” is an app (+ optional biometric wristband) designed for children of 4-10 yrs, with the aim of reducing their anxiety and stress-levels through fun and play.
In the app you meet the bears Theo and Thea, who is also undergoing a medical procedure. The bear will need to be comforted at times, and together the child and the bear will be going through the items needed at the procedure and learn to blow bubbles (and thereby breathe in a relaxing way).
The app has been developed and tested using biometric feedback devices on target audience in Rigshospitalet. It is backed by TrygFonden.
Results: Scientific tests suggests that there is a significant effect related to stress reduction when the app is used compared to when it is not. Hence the project will be rolled out in 2019 as a public app to be used by medical staff and children going to the hospital.