Use of eHealth technologies to enable the implementation of musculoskeletal models of care

evidence and practice

Helen Slater*, Blake F. Dear, Mark A. Merolli, Linda C. Li, Andrew M. Briggs

*Corresponding author for this work

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Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the second leading cause of morbidity-related burden of disease globally. EHealth is a potentially critical factor that enables the implementation of accessible, sustainable and more integrated MSK models of care (MoCs). MoCs serve as a vehicle to drive evidence into policy and practice through changes at a health system, clinician and patient level. The use of eHealth to implement MoCs is intuitive, given the capacity to scale technologies to deliver system and economic efficiencies, to contribute to sustainability, to adapt to low-resource settings and to mitigate access and care disparities. We follow a practice-oriented approach to describing the ‘what’ and ‘how’ to harness eHealth in the implementation of MSK MoCs. We focus on the practical application of eHealth technologies across care settings to those MSK conditions contributing most substantially to the burden of disease, including osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis, skeletal fragility-associated conditions and persistent MSK pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-502
Number of pages20
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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  • eHealth
  • models of care
  • musculoskeletal
  • arthritis
  • skeletal
  • pain
  • eHealth technologies
  • social media
  • telehealth
  • e-registries

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