The Paper Kingdom: Fighting Fears about Clinical Trials

Lilly Clinical Open Innovation

The NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), with help from WisdomTools and the New England Research Institutes, has created a  role playing video game (RPG) called The Paper Kingdom. The game was developed to help ease the fears of kids and their parents and to help them learn more about clinical trials before making a decision about whether to participate in one. You can download the game for Windows or Mac computers from the Children and Clinical Studies section of  the NHLBI’s website.

The game starts out like a picture book; a few slides set the scene. You are sent to remind your brother to take his medicine, but you find that he’s not in his room. Suddenly, you are transported into a book titled, The Paper Kingdom, that you find laying on your brother’s floor. His fears about joining a clinical…

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