The use of mobile health technology in the management of osteoarthritis: A scoping review with scientometric analyses


INTRODUCTION: Although mHealth technology is an emerging approach for enabling self-management/education of hip/knee osteoarthritis (OA) that may reduce burdens in primary and secondary care, no scoping review has been conducted to comprehensively review the scope of mHealth technology in managing hip/knee OA. This scoping review and scientometric analyses aimed to summarize the current state of research on the use of mHealth technology (mobile applications/web-based interventions) for self-management/education of adults with hip/knee OA, identify key research activities, and provide future directions on the development/usage of mHealth technology. METHODS: The Arksey and O'Malley methodological framework was employed, augmented with scientometric analyses. Six databases were searched from inception to 31 May 2021. Findings were reported according to the PRISMA extension for scoping review. Co-word, co-author, and co-citation scientometric analyses were conducted to examine the social and intellectual connections of the research field (e.g., research hotspots and researcher collaborations). RESULTS: Twenty mHealth programs for promoting self-management of hip/knee OA were identified. The programs mainly included exercises or directives on performance of exercises. Compared to no interventions, mHealth technology was usable and might be more effective in improving pain, physical function, and quality of life in individuals with OA. The scientometric analyses identified multiple co-occurring keywords that reflected conceptual properties of this research domain. Although some intellectual connections among authors, research articles, and journals were noted, there were insufficient international collaborations in this field. DISCUSSION: While individual small-scale studies highlighted promising short-term effects of mHealth technology in self-managing hip/knee OA, many mHealth technologies were developed without clinicians' and/or patients' contributions. Future mHealth programs should be developed based on a strong theoretical background and professional inputs. The long-term benefits and cost-effectiveness of mHealth technologies, user experience, as well as cross-cultural adaptation of these technologies should be evaluated.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Civil Engineering
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-management education,Digital care,mHealth,Web-based intervention,Smartphones,Osteoarthritis
Publication ISSN: 1872-8243
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 08:25
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 17:32
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-02
Published Online Date: 2022-12-05
Accepted Date: 2022-11-23
Submitted Date: 2022-08-05
Authors: Kamilu Sulaiman, Surajo
Wong, Arnold Y L
Liangchi Li, Lillian
Fordjour Antwi-Afari, Maxwell (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6812-7839)
Ou, Haining
Wh Tsang, Hector

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