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The use of serious games in occupational therapy: a European survey

Purpose - The aims of this study are to determine what and how serious games are currently

being used in the occupational therapy practice (both clinical and academic); to identify any perceived barriers, challenges, and facilitators to the implementation of serious games; and to identify similarities and differences between different geographic locations, and areas of occupational therapy practice, in the European context.

For the purpose of this study the term “serious games” is used to refer to digital games

(phone/tablet/computer/console games) that are used for educational, and/or therapeutic purposes beyond pure entertainment.

Procedure for completing the survey - The following are the inclusion criteria for this study a) being a qualified occupational therapist; b) working in a clinical and/or academic setting; c) using digital games with a serious purpose in practice; and d) working in one of the following European countries/territories: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

The exclusion criteria are: a) being an occupational therapy student; b) being currently unemployed or retired; c) not using serious games in practice; and d) not working in the above mentioned countries/territories.

How anonymity of data will be ensured - Participation in this survey is voluntary. The responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to the respondents. There are no identifiable questions in the survey design, and there is no request for personal data. The “Anonymous Responses” option on SurveyMonkey is selected so as not to include the IP addresses of respondents. The data will be treated with full confidentiality and, if published, it will not be identifiable.

Deadline for completion/closure of survey - 1st November 2020