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Who Created the Game and Why?
How will the Game be Used?
Who are the Intended Players?
What Can Players Learn?
What Factors are Included in the Game?
Figure 1 shows the main features of the health system that are included in the game’s design. It is a broad summary of the game’s causal structure, which actually contains several hundred interacting elements. Two facts are immediately obvious: (1) all parts of the system—so often considered separately—are causally connected; and (2) there are more processes at work—and more intervention options available—than one might infer from many discussions of health care reform.
Figure 1 Major Causal Relationships in the Health Protection Game (version 4d)
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The main values (or outcomes) at stake in any scenario for change are shown in red and bolded (i.e., health status, health equity, and health care costs). Purple italics indicate the broad classes of potential intervention (e.g., players may choose to expand insurance coverage, reduce behavioral risks, or alter any of the other italicized factors, either alone or in combination). Blue arrows indicate same-direction effects (e.g., more environmental hazards lead to more disease and injury). Green arrows indicate opposite-direction effects (e.g., greater sufficiency of primary care providers leads to less use of specialists and hospitals for non-urgent care).
What Factors are Left Out of the Game?
What Information Sources Were Used?
Below is a list of the main data sources and influential references that were used to formulate the current model. A detailed Reference Guide is being developed to provide a narrative explanation of the model’s structure and numerical assumptions.
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