[SLHEALTH] new article in medical journal on diabetes education in SL

unrealprojects at comcast.net unrealprojects at comcast.net
Sat Jul 26 08:37:42 PDT 2008

Impressive research!

Diabetes is the #1 leading cause of kidney failure requiring patients to 
undergo hemodialysis and/or recieve
a kidney transplant. The research really shows how managing one's care 
online can really streamline the
proccess for both patients and their healthcare team.


Pathfinder Linden wrote:
> Greetings.
> Lots of cool crossovers between healthcare and education in this 
> outstanding new article.
> "Brave New Worlds: How Virtual Environments Can Augment Traditional 
> Care in the Management of Diabetes"
> Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2008
> Abstract
> New technologies, such as online networking tools, offer innovative 
> ways to engage patients in their diabetes
> care. Second Life (SL) is one such virtual world that allows patients 
> to interact in a 3D environment with peers
> and healthcare providers. This article presents a framework that 
> demonstrates how applications within SL can
> be constructed to meet the needs of patients with diabetes, allowing 
> them to attend group visits, learn more
> about lifestyle changes, and foster a sense of support and emotional 
> well-being. This experiential approach to
> education may prove more engaging, and therefore successful, than 
> existing strategies. Addressing concerns
> relating to privacy and liability is a necessary first step to engage 
> providers in this new approach to patient
> care.
> Reprint (yeah, it is not free) can be found at 
> http://www.journalofdst.org/
> -Pathfinder
> -- 
> John Lester
> Boston Operations Director
> Proactive Education and Healthcare Mentoring Program
> Linden Lab
> http://pathfinderlinden.com
> "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." 
> -Miguel de Cervantes
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