Hatching an app: Development of a smart phone application to gather posture and pain data in patients with back and neck pain

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Introduction: Postural assessment forms an integral part of the assessment process used by manual therapists yet visual assessment lacks objectivity and data cannot easily be shared, making it difficult to assess the relationship between posture and pain. A mobile phone application is being developed to gather photographic data by chiropractors in a clinical setting. The initial objective was to determine how chiropractors use postural assessment in order to identify which specific anatomical landmarks needed to be included in the App.

The specific aims were to explore:
1. Is there a relationship between posture and patient reported outcome measures?
2. Does intervention by a chiropractor affect posture and patient reported outcome measures?

Methods: An 11-question multiple-choice and cross-sectional on-line questionnaire was designed. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. Following ethical approval by the Anglo European College of Chiropractic it was distributed to 1217 registered chiropractors.Preliminary findings: 250 initial responses (21% response rate) have been collected and indicate that most of the specific anatomical landmarks detailed in the survey are observed by most chiropractors. Details of specific pathologies encountered and use of postural assessment has also been collected.

Conclusion: Specific anatomical landmarks have now been identified for inclusion in the app. Comments in the form of ‘free text’ comment boxes were numerous and will be analysed.Acknowledgements: A PhD funded by Teesside University, UK and the Royal College of Chiropractors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Journal of Integrative Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016
EventCAMSTRAND 2016 - University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 20169 Jun 2016


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