The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced us all and changed the way healthcare can be delivered at times this year, including chiropractic. This is our first ever Research Review in the ‘Digital Care & Telehealth’ space…we will keep an eye on this area of literature as COVID-19 unfolds, as well as into the future as I believe telehealth is a new avenue of patient care that we should continue to explore, study and utilize to help our patients.
 
The global burden of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain has been well documented. Conservative, non-surgical care, including exercise, education and behavioural coaching are universally recommended as first-line treatments, as they can achieve similar outcomes to surgical intervention, with lower costs and less risk. Unfortunately, non-surgical care carries significant barriers to implementation, such as low patient engagement, lack of funding resources and the need for ongoing monitoring.

Provision of conservative MSK care through digital formats may improve outcomes for these services by increasing patient engagement and enabling patients to take a proactive role in their health care by learning self-management strategies. Although digital care programs (DCP) for chronic MSK pain have been conducted in the past, these studies are marred by low sample size and limited implementation in real-world settings. As such, the authors of this study sought to analyze the effect of DCPs for chronic low back and knee pain, in a large sample of patients within a real-world setting.
 
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Digital Care for Chronic Low Back & Knee Pain”
 
This paper was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (2020) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Knee, Osteoarthritis and Digital Care & Telehealth (NEW) and the 2020 Archive.
 
 
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