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Free Content Stepping up to the recommendations. Automated Functional Data collection for pain; a rapid review

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Purpose: Automated functional data collection refers to the use of electronic or digital devices to record activity related to movement. This rapid review aimed to identify the extent of use of automated functional data collection on people with pain. Recently published recommendations regarding functional outcome measurement were used to appraise the relevant research.

Methods: A rapid review of the literature published up to September 2017 (PubMed and PsycINFO) was performed. The search string consisted of 4 domains: pain/chronic pain AND fitness trackers/technology/APPs AND self-management AND outcome assessment. The studies were of mixed quality, and interventions and chronic pain conditions were varied.

Results: Literature searching yielded 15 eligible papers for this review. The results demonstrated automated data collection methods, mainly accelerometry, used in a variety of conditions. There was broad compliance with recommendations for reporting of functional outcome measurement methods, but no studies reported patient involvement in decisions regarding choice and acceptability of measurement tools.

Conclusion: This review demonstrates that automated data collection provides valuable objective information that supplements patient-reported measures. Future research, in which functional change is an outcome of interest, should aim for automated functional data collection, involve patients, and adhere to recent recommendations to standardise functional outcome measurement.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

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  • Pain and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, Bi-annual journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association and special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The journal comprises a range of different articles types from orignial articles to systematic reviews and letters around the topic of pain and rehabilitation. The journal is multidisciplinary in its focus and welcomes submissions from all professionals working in this multidisciplinary field. the abstract of all articles will be freely avilable online. Full text articles are available free online to members of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and access to individual PDF articles can be purchased by non members.
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