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Engaging Games and Making Sense of Fairy Tales

Posted on April 14th 2015

All the fun of the (evidence-based) fair came to PenCLAHRC’s Veysey Building recently for an Engaging Games morning. This included an evidence-based fairy tale writing competition and a collection of research-based games such as ‘Be There Dragons’, an activity intended to demonstrate that more diagnostic testing does not automatically lead to more certainty.

These games have been designed by Dr Kath Maguire from PenCLAHRC's Patient and Public Involvement Team to help translate the concepts of evidence-based medicine into fun and practical learning resources for members of the public and clinicians alike. Kath developed these resources as part of her research into ways in which medical research can be 'demystified' and made more accessible.

Attendees at the event had the opportunity to vote for the winners of the Making Sense of Fairy Tales story writing competition. The idea was to write fairy tales with an evidence-based twist. Stories written included The Three Little Statistical Pigs, The Princess and The Frog Test, The Princesses and The Peanut Surrogate, Dragons and Cancer-Causing Princesses and Winnie the Pooh and his Woodland Friends Explore General Linear Modelling. The winner of the competition was The Emperor’s New Scare. Click on the links above to read the stories.

Following the event Kath commented, ‘The response to this competition shows how creative PenCLAHRC can be in communicating evidence. Also, the feedback colleagues have given me on the games and activities has been really helpful in identifying other ideas that we need to communicate creatively.’

You can see photos from the games morning below, or via this link.




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