Authors: Dusan Bojic
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Spiroartis: Using an art-based animation incentive spirometry platform to address self-esteem and anxiety issues in adolescent asthma and cystic fibrosis patients.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Dusan Bojic is an ArtScience Researcher and currently a Doctoral candidate in Creative Industries and Design at the Qld University of Technology where he is developing a commercialisation framework for knowledge management and health technology transfer in ArtScience research.
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-organ disease effecting mucous secretion, and often badly effects the lungs of sufferers. Both conditions are diseases of childhood. Spirometry is an indispensable technique employed in the initial diagnosis to detect and quantify the degree of airflow obstruction, assessment of severity, and follow-up of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. It is not unexpected that many children with asthma tend to be anxious and have low self-esteem. The chronically ill child with many limitations may have difficulty developing a healthy self-concept, but it has been found that Spirometry treatment for respiratory patients has also been found to exacerbate mood disorders and self-esteem issues. The SpiroArtis doctoral research project, as an example of the first art-based interactive health technology platform, will be developed and employed not only to increase respiratory patient cooperation and facilitate consistently high performance of target behaviours in spirometry, but also to motivate positive behaviours through the generation of unique and novel artwork, and foster positive mental health and self-esteem in adolescent participants undergoing spirometry testing.
Learning Objective 1: An understanding of how the SpiroArtis platform, as an art-based gamification application, will give adolescent respiratory patients a sense of creative accomplishment, decrease anxiety and depression and promote self-esteem whenever they produce an artwork with their breath in carrying out a successful spirometry test.
Learning Objective 2: It addresses issues of depression, anxiety and self-esteem in adolescent patients (asthma / cystic fibrosis) undergoing lung function testing.
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