Developing and testing a novel respiratory fitness game for children with cystic fibrosis

This study explored whether a breath biofeedback video game — one where a player controls the game action by breathing into a controller — can improve cystic fibrosis patients' self-administration of inhaled medicines, engagement in respiratory exercises and awareness of their respiratory status. The game uses a breath controller and game software developed by a research team from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in collaboration with patients in the target user group. In addition to potentially helping cystic fibrosis patients self-manage their condition and maintain better health, the game may also be useful for children and adults with asthma and other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

This project was funded as part of Health Games Research, a national program of the Pioneer Portfolio dedicated to funding and supporting research to advance the effectiveness of interactive games for health.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $189,772.00

Awarded on: 5/1/2008

Time frame: 5/1/2008 - 6/15/2010

Grant Number: 64447


University of Vermont College of Medicine

E109 Given Building
Burlington, 05405-0001

Peter M. Bingham
Project Director