Rheumatology International

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 419–431 | Cite as

Future perspectives of Smartphone applications for rheumatic diseases self-management

  • Ana Rita Pereira Azevedo
  • Hugo Manuel Lopes de Sousa
  • Joaquim António Faria Monteiro
  • Aurea Rosa Nunes Pereira Lima
Review Article - Educational Review


Rheumatic diseases (RD) self-management interventions are designed to improve health-related quality of life, health care utilization, and perceived self-efficacy. Despite these demonstrated good results, there are several issues that hinder or render less appealing these interventions. One economically and socially viable solution is exploiting the potential of Smartphone technology. This potential comes from Smartphones pervasive presence in actual society, combined with the advantages of being personal, intuitive, and computationally powerful, with capability to support applications and assist its user throughout different activities of daily living and environments persistently. With their global acceptance increasing quickly, there is a great opportunity for mobile health in using Smartphone applications for RD self-management. Besides the potential of such applications, research on the development and evaluation of such applications is in the early stages. Therefore, it is important to foresee its future applicability in order to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.


Smartphone applications Self-management Rheumatic diseases Mobile devices Mobile health 



The authors wish to acknowledge Miguel Bernardes (MD., M.Sc.) from the Rheumatology Department of São João Hospital Center for the helpful comments given during this paper revision.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no potential conflict of interests, according to the Journal’s policy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Rita Pereira Azevedo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hugo Manuel Lopes de Sousa
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Joaquim António Faria Monteiro
    • 4
  • Aurea Rosa Nunes Pereira Lima
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (FMUP)PortoPortugal
  2. 2.Molecular Oncology Group CIPortuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto (IPO-Porto)PortoPortugal
  3. 3.Virology ServicePortuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto (IPO-Porto)PortoPortugal
  4. 4.CESPU, Institute of Research and Advanced Training in Health Sciences and Technologies, Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesHigher Institute of Health Sciences - North (ISCS-N)Gandra, PRDPortugal
  5. 5.Abel Salazar Institute for the Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS)University of PortoPortoPortugal

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