Feasibility of using apps to improve older people’s self-management of arthritis pain

Takeaway

  • Primary care and allied health clinicians (PCAHCs) view integration of pain apps into arthritis pain self-management (PSM) regimes of older patients as potentially beneficial but uniquely challenging.

Why this matters

  • Arthritis causes unrelieved pain and suffering in 20–46% of community-dwelling older people, and the multidimension process of PSM in older persons poses challenges for PCAHCs.

  • Integrating apps to improve PSM could be cost-effective and time-efficient for older patients, assist PCAHCs in planning and implementing PSM regimes, and improve patient outcomes.