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Digital interventions to promote self-management in osteoarthritis

Digital interventions to promote self-management in people with osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis

What we are doing:

We are gathering evidence relating to self-management programmes delivered via digital media to people with osteoarthritis. To do this, we will carry out searches to find all studies conducted worldwide on the topic. We will then look at the information in the papers and extract data about the effects of digital self-management programmes on the common symptoms of osteoarthritis, for example pain and physical inactivity. We will then analyse the collected data to find out which programme or method of delivery show the most benefit, to whom and in what circumstances.  

Why we are doing it:

According to Arthritis Research UK (2017), each year one in five people in the UK visit a GP about arthritis. The common symptoms of arthritis are risk factors in other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular problems, depression, stroke and cancers. The condition is not curable, but self-management programmes are the key to managing the impact of symptoms and slowing the progression of arthritis. Due to the growing burden of arthritis on healthcare systems and the desire to ensure high-quality services, delivering services and information through the digital medium is vital to the successful management of arthritis in the community.

What the benefits will be:

This information will be fed back to patients, doctors, nurses and others involved in the delivery of services to people with osteoarthritis, in order to help them to improve self-management.   

Who we are working with:

NHS Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Study lead:

Name: Dr Reza Safari

Role: Research Fellow

Organisation: Health and Social Care Research Centre, University of Derby


Dr Reza Safari,