Pain Relief from Osteoarthritis Achieved Through Digital and Face-to-Face Interventions What are the main findings?

Response: The main findings are that people with hip or knee OA experienced clinically relevant improvements in pain after participating in first-line intervention, whether delivered face-to-face or digitally. Participants in the digitally delivered intervention experienced a larger estimated improvement at 3 months. However, this increased benefit was of uncertain clinical importance. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: That it is possible to reach a clinically relevant pain reduction after participating in first-line intervention, irrespective of delivery mode (digitally OR face-to-face). If we deliver first-line intervention in different ways and let people with OA choose which intervention they prefer we will have the possibility to reach a wider population of OA. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: In the future, we need to study which patient responds to which treatment and evaluate factors associated with  intervention preference. Is there anything else you would like to add? Any disclosures?

Response: By providing both face-to-face and digital treatments, we may be able to deliver first-line treatment for OA to more persons, facilitate shared decision-making in the choice of treatment, and thereby increase the chance of successful treatment outcome.

Disclosures: Dr Jönsson is the director of the Better Management of Patients with Osteoarthritis registry. Dr Lohmander is receiving consulting fee from Arthro Terapeutics outside the submitted work.

Citation: Jönsson T, Dell’Isola A, Lohmander LS, Wagner P, Cronström A. Comparison of Face-to-Face vs Digital Delivery of an Osteoarthritis Treatment Program for Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(11):e2240126. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.40126

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