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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

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Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Health Communication | Health Services Administration | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Orthopedics | Telemedicine


Osteoarthritis is a common chronic disease that can be better treated with the help of self-management interventions. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are becoming a popular means to deliver such interventions. We reviewed the current state of research and development of mHealth technologies for osteoarthritis self-management to determine gaps future research could address. We conducted a systematic review of English articles and a survey of apps available in the marketplace as of 2016. Among 117 unique articles identified, 25 articles that met our inclusion criteria were reviewed in-depth. The app search identified 23 relevant apps for osteoarthritis self-management. Through the synthesis of three research themes (osteoarthritis assessment tools, osteoarthritis measurement tools, and osteoarthritis motion monitoring tools) that emerged from the current knowledge base, we provide a design framework to guide the development of more comprehensive osteoarthritis mHealth apps that facilitate self-management, decision support, and shared decision-making.


arthritis, mHealth, mobile health, osteoarthritis of knee, self-management, smartphone app

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Health Informatics J. 2019 Sep;25(3):984-1003. doi: 10.1177/1460458217735676. Epub 2017 Nov 1. Link to article on publisher's site

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Health informatics journal

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