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The Use of Augmented Reality to Raise Awareness of the Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Arthritis is one of the most common disease states worldwide but is still publicly misunderstood and lacks engaging public awareness materials. Within the UK, the most prevalent types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The two are commonly mistaken as the same disease but, in fact, have very different pathogenesis, symptoms and treatments. This chapter describes a study which aimed to assess whether an augmented reality (AR) application could be used to raise awareness about the difference between OA and RA.

An application was created for Android tablets that included labelled 3D models, animations and AR scenes triggered from a poster. In total 11 adult participants tested the application taking part in a pretest and posttest which aim to measure the usability of the application and the acquisition of knowledge on OA and RA. A T-test was performed to assess the effectiveness of the application from the pretest and posttest questionnaire outcomes. Overall results were encouraging reporting a very significant acquisition of knowledge and a highly satisfactory user experience.

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Fiador, F., Poyade, M., Bennett, L. (2020). The Use of Augmented Reality to Raise Awareness of the Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In: Rea, P. (eds) Biomedical Visualisation . Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 1262. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43961-3_6

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