Studies about the use of the Common Practice game Hello (and its predecessor, My Gift of Grace) have been published in several peer-reviewed research journals and have utilized mixed methods (i.e. both quantitative and qualitative sources of data). Research about the game is conducted by independent researchers with no financial links with Common Practice. Following is a summary of the research so far.
In a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open, the Hello game was used to engage underserved African American communities and promote Advance Care Planning behaviors in 53 community venues across the US.10 This study is the latest to show how Hello can drive ACP behaviors:
Note: All published studies referred to below include only gameplay as the intervention – no follow-up materials or other interventions were provided to participants.
Research on Common Practice’s conversation games is led by Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, M.D., (click here for CV) a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine.
Dr. Van Scoy has been awarded a Parker B. Francis Foundation grant from the American Thoracic Society to study the effects of the game in a larger, randomized controlled trial.
Dr. Van Scoy can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.