mHealth technologies for osteoarthritis self-management and treatment: A systematic review

Wonchan Choi*, Hua Zheng, Patricia Franklin, Bengisu Tulu

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)984-1003
Number of pages20
JournalHealth informatics journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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