new article in medical journal on diabetes education in SL
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.