Applications of wearable technology in a real-life setting in people with knee osteoarthritis: A systematic scoping review

Tomasz Cudejko*, Kate Button, Jake Willott, Mohammad Al-Amri

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Abstract

With the growing number of people affected by osteoarthritis, wearable technology may enable the provision of care outside a traditional clinical setting and thus transform how healthcare is delivered for this patient group. Here, we mapped the available empirical evidence on the utilization of wearable technology in a real-world setting in people with knee osteoarthritis. From an analysis of 68 studies, we found that the use of accelerometers for physical activity assessment is the most prevalent mode of use of wearable technology in this population. We identify low technical complexity and cost, ability to connect with a healthcare professional, and consistency in the analysis of the data as the most critical facilitators for the feasibility of using wearable technology in a real-world setting. To fully realize the clinical potential of wearable technology for people with knee osteoarthritis, this review highlights the need for more research employing wearables for information sharing and treatment, increased inter-study consistency through standardization and improved reporting, and increased representation of vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5645
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume10
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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