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The Impact of Three Communication Channels on the Dissemination of a Serious Game Designed to Enhance COVID-19 Prevention

Publication date2022-08-16
First online date2022-08-16

Infection prevention interventions can only be effective if they are both well known and easily accessible. A randomized controlled trial showed that a serious game, "Escape COVID-19", was significantly more effective at improving the intention of adopting adequate infection prevention behavior than regular guidelines among long-term care facility employees. However, less than a fifth of all potential participants were finally recruited in this study. To determine whether a specific communication intervention was more effective than another, we carried out a retrospective analysis of account creation data over a six-month period. During the first period (53 days), information about the serious game was disseminated by a part-time worker. The second period (15 days) corresponded to a press release, while the third period (15 days) reflected an official communication from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. A total of 3995 accounts were created during the study period. Most accounts were created by health care workers (2699/3995, 67.6%). Median daily account creation was highest during the press release period (25; Q1:Q3 9:172) and lowest during the official communication period (6; Q1:Q3 4:20). The association between communication intervention and account creation was statistically significant both when considering the overall population (p= 0.013) and when only analyzing health care workers (p= 0.036).

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Communication
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Infodemiology
  • Public health
  • Serious games
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SUPPAN, Mélanie et al. The Impact of Three Communication Channels on the Dissemination of a Serious Game Designed to Enhance COVID-19 Prevention. In: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2022, vol. 19, n° 16, p. 10143. doi: 10.3390/ijerph191610143
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ISSN of the journal1660-4601

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