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Papers: 1 May 2021 - 7 May 2021


Rheumatol Adv Pract



Managing osteoarthritis pain with smart technology: a narrative review.


Johnson AJ, Palit S, Terry EL, Thompson OJ, Powell-Roach K, Dyal BW, Ansell M, Booker SQ
Rheumatol Adv Pract. 2021; 5(1):rkab021.
PMID: 33928214.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a highly prevalent musculoskeletal condition worldwide. More than 300 million individuals are affected by OA, and pain is the most common and challenging symptom to manage. Although many new advances have led to improved OA-related pain management, smart technology offers additional opportunities to enhance symptom management. This narrative review identifies and describes the current literature focused on smart technology for pain management in individuals with OA. In collaboration with a health sciences librarian, an interdisciplinary team of clinician-scientists searched multiple databases (e.g. PubMed, CINAHL and Embase), which generated 394 citations for review. After inclusion criteria were met, data were extracted from eight studies reporting on varied smart technologies, including mobile health, wearables and eHealth tools to measure or manage pain. Our review highlights the dearth of research in this crucial area, the implications for clinical practice and technology development, and future research needs.