Heart Valve Master is the UK’s first educational tool to help practicing general practitioners master their auscultation skills and detection of heart valve disease.
Heart Valve Master© was developed in collaboration with medical and cardiology experts Dr. R. van den Brink (Amsterdam UMC) and Dr. J. Wittekoek (Heartlife Clinics) with input from Dr Yassir Javaid, General Practitioner and Primary Care Cardiovascular lead at East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network in the UK. The game is powered by Edwards Lifesciences.
A player steps into a virtual GP practice to improve the quality of life of patients with heart valve disease symptoms by increasing the patients ‘happiness score’. By playing the game, GPs are training in a systematic way to:
1. Assess patient medical history and ask appropriate questions about his/her symptoms
2. Perform a physical examination and auscultation: performing all tests necessary to detect the cause of the symptoms, including cardiac auscultation with the recognition of heart sounds typically found in patients with heart valve disease.
3. Make a diagnosis based on clinical history and results from physical examination
4. Make a provisional diagnosis and determine the appropriate referral pathway
To support learning, the cardiologist ‘avatar’ provides feedback on the players diagnosis and explains symptoms and signs of heart valve disease in more detail. The additional learning parts are theoretical pieces of information based on the current guidelines for GPs and cardiologists in the UK.
Education through gamification, enables aspiring GPs and GPs to use this as an effective learning tool.
- Added Italian version
Ratings and Reviews
I have met one of the authors, who is an inspiring and engaging speaker. I am surprised that he has put his name to this. It was on my phone for 3 minutes before I deleted it. Boring, patronising rubbish. The music makes it worse. No quality control or proof reading. The “action” takes place in a setting so far removed from UK GP it might as well be on Mars. The consultation is a masterclass in how not to speak to patients. Closed question after closed question. I couldn’t escape the horror to see whether they just do a heart sounds quiz, so off it went. You’d learn more with 40minuted with a cardiologist than this app could ever teach you. Dr Javaid, you should be embarrassed.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback to the first version of Heart Valve Master. While we are disappointed that the game did not meet your expectations, we do appreciate the time you took to provide some valuable comments on your experience. We are pleased to inform you that updates are already in place and an updated version will be available soon.
How can I make a diagnosis from auscultation if there’s no sound!
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