Dapper is a web-based game created to improve outcomes of patients diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Playable online and on mobile devices, Dapper is an engaging, fun, social game that draws upon many attractive features in social games in recent years. The game has been designed without being disease-dominated or preachy and builds upon motivational theories to increase healthy lifestyle choices in diabetic patients and their friends.
We are a group of medical doctors from UnityPoint Methodist of Illinois and game researchers at Bradley University, both in Peoria, Illinois, who have come together to collaborate on this game. We are motivated to help patients by discovering new and exciting ways that technology can be used to improve patient care. This multi-year, multi-phase project adds to the growing tools being created to make our community healthier.
Type II Diabetes is a serious disease with over 18 million Americans diagnosed at a cost of $174 billion (2007). We wanted to explore the creation of a tool that would encourage patients in their quest for managing their disease, since increased management reduces the possibilities of complications from the disease as well as morbidity. Our research began in 2012 and is currently ongoing.