Concurrent Session 11: Therapeutic Challenges in OA

Concurrent Session

Date/Time: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM
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Digital Health Approaches for the Lifestyle Management of Osteoarthritis
The burden from osteoarthritis is expected to increase in coming decades as the world’s population ages, and obesity rates continue to rise. A substantial increase in demand for health services is expected in the future to manage people with chronic joint pain. Self-management via lifestyle treatments, such as exercise/physical activity and weight loss, is integral to minimizing pain and maintaining physical function. However, OA care is suboptimal worldwide with underuse of lifestyle treatments a major problem. There are numerous barriers to uptake of and adherence to lifestyle treatments. One major barrier is difficulty accessing clinicians and/or resources (due to covid restrictions, geography, lack of clinicians, cost, inconvenience & disability). Given the high adoption rate of computers, mobile devices and internet globally and the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, online approaches provide opportunities for delivering services remotely to people with OA and supporting them to self manage. These approaches include internet-mediated video conferencing, mobile phone services, web resources & online support groups. Evidence for effectiveness of such approaches will be reviewed. Key challenges to implementation and future directions for research in the field will be highlighted

Followed by abstract presentations.