Celiac Disease and Empowerment: Can Gamification Increase Child's Empowerment Feeling and Adherence to Gluten Free Diet?
Young children recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD) are immediately required to change their lives and strictly adhere to Gluten-Free Diet (GFD). In this research project we took the approach of educating and empowering children with CD through a mobile game, to facilitate adherence and improve their empowerment feeling and quality of life (QOL). Through a user-centered design process we implemented a city analogy where the children can learn, through various games aimed to save the city, to identify and distinguish between gluten and gluten-free foods and understand the basics of the GFD. Preliminary results of a field experiment indicate higher levels of empowerment feeling and QOL for the intervention group as well as gaining knowledge, enjoyment and engagement with the game.