Ready to role play? It could help keep American war veterans healthy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSKNekSGvzg&feature=youtu.be The usefulness of role playing programs developed to help doctors and nurses nail down their bedside manner for physical exams, therapy sessions and other situations is being expanded to military veterans. It’s part of a program to help them re-adjust to civilian life, according to a company statement. A collaboration between Kognito and the […]

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The usefulness of role playing programs developed to help doctors and nurses nail down their bedside manner for physical exams, therapy sessions and other situations is being expanded to military veterans. It’s part of a program to help them re-adjust to civilian life, according to a company statement.

A collaboration between Kognito and the Veterans Administration produced the behavioral health app called Together Strong. It simulates conversations between U.S. veterans and service members to give them a sense of what to say and what they should do when a peer struggles with post-deployment stresses. It is based, in part, on the points of view of veterans and members of the military who contributed to the app’s development.

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It functions a little like the “choose your own adventure” series in which users are given options on what participants say and do at a particular time and can see the impact of that choice.

The app is designed to help boost veterans and military staff’s comfort level in talking to peers and encouraging them to get help to work through the stresses of isolation, relationship problems and holding down a job, if they need it. Although the fallout from PTSD and traumatic brain injury have grabbed a lot of headlines, the subtler problems that veterans encounter when they return to civilian life can be problematic as well.

Kognito also developed a role playing tool to help primary care physicians identify symptoms of PTSD following Hurricane Sandy so they could do a better job of referring patients to psychologists.

Veterans and nonprofit groups across the country will do outreach with social media and Internet groups to support the app’s roll out to get veterans and soldiers to download and use the app.

There are a few approaches technology companies have taken to help veterans. Positon Report developed an app that functions as a social network for returning veterans and lists nearby resources such as health centers, emergency care and other critical care services. Vets Prevail is a counseling platform developed by a Navy pilot who served in the Iraq war. It combines calls with military peers who have been through similar experiences with reading assignments, and motivates them with points that can be used to buy items such as gift cards for purchases.

The cool thing about this latest app is it sets users on a pathway that builds their comfort level with directing conversations into areas that are frequently challenging for everyone. The fact that it is tailored to veterans and benefits from their insights make it more relevant to the audience it wants to reach.