The use of mobile health technology in the management of osteoarthritis: a scoping review with scientometric analysis

Yu Lok Wong, Wing Hong Hector Tsang, Haining Ou, Surajo Sulaiman

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)PosterAcademic researchpeer-review


This scoping review summarized research on the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology to promote self-management of osteoarthritis (OA) in adults, and identified key research priorities for this topic.

Hip and knee OA are ranked as the eleventh most common cause of disability among adults worldwide. Growing evidence suggests that the use of mHealth technology in OA management is effective and helps users overcome barriers associated with direct primary care. However, a relevant state-of-the-art review is lacking.

This review employed the Arksey and O’Malley methodological framework, augmented with a scientometric analysis using the VOS viewer. Xx electronic databases were searched from inception to 28th February 2021. The PRISMA extension for scoping reviews was used to report the findings.

Twenty-seven relevant studies published between 200x to 202x were included. xxx web-based and xx mobile application-based programs were identified. These studies showed that mHealth technology was feasible and effective in reducing pain, and improving physical function and quality of life among individuals with OA. Scientometric analysis revealed multiple co-occurring

keywords reflecting conceptual properties of this research domain. There were strong intellectual connections among certain authors, research articles, and journals. However, only a few researchers and journals were the major contributors in this field.

As mHealth for OA management is in its infancy, there is an urgent need to investigate the benefits and cost-effectiveness of this approach. More collaborative efforts across institutions are warranted to bolster relevant research. mHealth programs should also be made available to public to promote accessible healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2022
Event12th Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation - Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 27 Nov 202128 Nov 2021


Conference12th Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
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