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AB1245-HPR New health technologies and lifestyle management for patients with osteoarthritis
  1. M Loiskandl1,
  2. H Ritschl2,
  3. T Stamm1,
  4. G Steiner1,
  5. J Smolen1,
  6. D Aletaha1
  1. 1Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna
  2. 2Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria


Background Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic diseases of the elderly worldwide. It represents significant impairments in terms of quality of life [1]. It notably affects self-care-tasks, body-image, self-esteem, well-being, social-activities and relationships. A wide-ranged field of therapy concepts exist. Medication is often one part, but it cannot solve other existing problems due to OA [2]. The demographic trends combined with the growth of mobile devices among the older population suggest that using digital devices, as a platform for interventions in health, may be a viable way forward and open new opportunities in healthcare [2].

Objectives To (A) analyse the literature to assistive devices and applications for OA patients and (B) to evaluate existing health applications.

Methods We performed a systematic literature review on this topic and explored existing mobile and web-based apps. The app findings were classified into those categories of the Activities of Daily Living Model, which were related to the impairments of OA.

Results We identified 6 studies, which contained relevant information. The main results showed, that there is interest and willingness to utilize mobile Health solutions [3]; a positive impact of web-based interventions; the benefit of online social support regarding the level of patient empowerment [4], self-management, lifestyle, physical activity [5] and self-efficacy [6].

The app exploration results in 16 web-based, 15 iOS and 9 Android applications. The areas most commonly found were disease- and treatment information (n=23), forum, report, self-help groups (n=16), self- and disease-management (n=11), as well as nutrition tips (n=8).

Conclusions The recent years have seen a dramatic growth of digital applications. Also, the scientific interest has grown and numerous studies emphasise the power of these solutions to support OA patient in all areas of lifestyle management. Further research is necessary, to investigate the benefit of web-based or mobile applications for persons with OA.


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Disclosure of Interest None declared

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