StreetWise: developing a serious game to support forensic mental health service users’ preparation for discharge: a feasibility study

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Reynolds et al (2016) developed and evaluated the effectiveness of a ‘serious game’ (StreetWise) to support skill development within forensic mental health service users. A prototype serious game was developed by service users and researchers.


Acceptability and usability testing was undertaken and service providers interviewed about the acceptability of serious gaming for forensic mental health services. This nurse-led study demonstrated strong multidisciplinary collaboration in research with its findings suggesting that there was a good level of acceptability of using a serious game by both service users and providers for rehearsal and skill development. It showed achievement of better outcomes, better experiences and better use of resources.