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Mobile Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Opportunities and Challenges

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Mollard E1, Michaud K2. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2019 May;45(2):197-209. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2019.01.011. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

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1 College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 550 North 19th Street #357, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA.

2 Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 986270 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-6270, USA; FORWARD, The National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases, Wichita, KS, USA. Electronic address: kmichaud@unmc.edu.

Abstract

Mobile applications have the potential to improve health outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Whereas other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure have a well-established presence in the mobile application realm, apps focused on RA are still in their infancy. This article presents an overview of the types of mobile apps that can be used for RA and discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with them.