Personalized physical activity promotion in arthritis patients using smartphone-based solution

Project Details


While osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are characterised by different pathogenesis, these two chronic joint diseases induce a dramatic decrease in physical activity, which is gradual and thus, not well self-perceived. This decrease in physical activity is partially responsible for the long-term consequences such as a loss of autonomy, impaired muscle function, higher mortality rate due to cardiovascular disease and other non-communicable diseases. There is strong evidence that physical activity and exercise are safe and highly beneficial for these populations experiencing repetitive and demotivating pain episodes, which populations may benefit from simply replacing some sedentary time with any type of physical activity. Unfortunately, there is no specific physical activity promotion programme for people with arthritis in Luxembourg.
Therefore, the main objectives of this project will be 1) to develop a smartphone-based solution for patient education, data collection and promotion of physical activity specific to people with chronic joint diseases, namely osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, 2) to implement the solution and investigate the adherence to the intervention, as well as the trajectory of both physical activity and complaints in these two populations, and 3) to prospectively investigate the relationship between the dimensions of daily-life physical activity (i.e., type, intensity, duration, etc.) and pain in real-world settings.
Thus, the digital solution will target a specific vulnerable population, put physical activity in the context of disease prevention, slowing progression, chronic condition management and personalized goal setting. Furthermore, the digital solution and its features will serve and enrich many other future LIH projects. Two distinct chronic joint diseases are targeted with rheumatoid arthritis being one of three immune-mediated conditions in the international CLINNOVA program led by Luxembourg, and with osteoarthritis being a common condition with a high prevalence affecting the knee in >18 % of subjects over 45 years of age alone.
Effective start/end date1/10/2330/09/25


  • Oeuvre nationale de secours Grande Duchesse Charlotte: €254,719.06


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