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Impact of wearable technology on psychosocial factors of osteoarthritis management: a qualitative study
  1. Athina Belsi1,
  2. Enrica Papi2,
  3. Alison H McGregor2
  1. 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St Mary's Campus, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Enrica Papi; e.papi{at}


Objectives To identify the impact the use of wearable technology could have in patients with osteoarthritis in terms of communication with healthcare providers and patients’ empowerment to manage their condition.

Design Qualitative study using focus groups with patients with osteoarthritis; data from patients’ responses were analysed using Framework Methodology.

Participants 21 patients with knee osteoarthritis from the London area (age range 45–65 years) participated in a total of four focus groups. Recruitment continued until data saturation.

Setting The study was conducted in a university setting.

Results Patients’ responses suggested a positive attitude on the impact wearable technology could have on the management of osteoarthritis. It was perceived that the use of wearable devices would benefit patients in terms of feeling in control of their condition, providing them with awareness of their progress, empowering in terms of self-management and improving communication with their clinician.

Conclusions This paper suggests positive patient perspectives on the perceived benefits wearable technology could have on the management of osteoarthritis. The data that could be collected with the use of wearable technology could be beneficial both to patients and clinicians. The information obtained from this study suggests that introducing wearable technology into patient-centred care could enhance patient experience in the field of osteoarthritis and beyond.

  • Rehabilitation
  • wearable technology
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Focus groups

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