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Digital health technologies in musculoskeletal care

Call for Papers

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Enhanced accessibility to technological innovations offers real opportunity to improve musculoskeletal care, including research, patient adherence and outcomes. Barriers like the coronavirus pandemic are even acting as catalysts in the migration to a virtual medical setting. This article collection will highlight articles investigating how these digital tools are entering clinical practice to provide solutions for patients and healthcare providers. 

We welcome Research Articles, Case Reports, and Study Protocols on all investigations into this field, such as artificial intelligence, virtual consulting, telecare, remote assessment using digital tools, Social media, data science and mining, eHealth, mobile apps, and wearables.

Please ensure your manuscript adheres to the submission guidelines for BMC-Series journals. Especially for manuscripts describing randomized trials, qualitative research, and systematic review methods, the Equator Network reporting guidelines should be followed. To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system, Editorial Manager. Please make sure you submit in Editorial Manager and not our new editorial submission system. 

Proposals for Commentaries, Correspondences, and Narrative Reviews will be considered but editorial pre-approval is required. If you would like to inquire about the suitability of a study for consideration or would like to propose a non-research topic, please email a pre-submission enquiry to

To submit your manuscript, please use our online submission system at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘Digital health technologies in musculoskeletal care’ special issue. Deadline is 31 December 2021, and articles will be published shortly after acceptance.

Submissions focussing on a rheumatic condition, and not the joint/musculoskeletal aspect, will be considered but may be transferred to BMC Rheumatology pre-acceptance.

Short reports, initial observations and data sets relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Meet the Collection Editors

Aurélie Najm
Aurelie Najm, MD, PhDAurélie Najm is a Rheumatologist, MD, PhD, currently working in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Her main interests are digital health in Rheumatology and translational immunology with a focus on synovial tissue and epigenetics. She is the co-chair of the EULAR Synovitis Study Group.

Diederik De Cock
Diederik De Cock, PhDDr Diederik De Cock, KU Leuven, Belgium, is an epidemiologist working in the field of rheumatology with a keen interest in patient reported outcomes, mobile health and optimal therapy for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Latika Gupta
Latika Gupta, MD, PhDDr Gupta is a clinician scientist working as Assistant Professor at SGPGI, a tertiary care teaching hospital in Lucknow, India. She is a dedicated myositis researcher (>100 publications) and recently founded Myositis India, a patient support group for patients with this disease. She currently serves as the scientific committee member for the IMACS (International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group) and Social Media Editor at a number of Rheumatology journals. Dr Gupta is a member of the APLAR Young Rheumatologist social media core committee, and was bestowed a Publons top peer reviewer award in 2020.

Koroush Kabir

Dr. Kabir is lead consultant surgeon and Associate Professor in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery at the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery in University Hospital Bonn, Germany. He has a wide scope of surgical education with a clinical focus in spine and pelvic surgery, geriatric traumatology with special interest in periprosthetic fractures and polytrauma. His main clinical research interest is minimal invasive and computer navigated surgery of spine and pelvis. In his opinion, the new technology with different digital tools can help physician to achieve patient specific outcome-improvement in the field of orthopaedics and trauma surgery.

  1. Research is often undertaken using patient-reported outcomes from questionnaires. Achieving a high response rate demands expensive and time-consuming methods like telephone reminders. However, it is unknown wh...

    Authors: Christina Lyngsø Udby, Allan Riis, Janus Laust Thomsen and Nanna Rolving

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:893

    Content type: Research

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  2. Prevalence for knee osteoarthritis is rising in both Sweden and globally due to increased age and obesity in the population. This has subsequently led to an increasing demand for knee arthroplasties. Correct d...

    Authors: Simon Olsson, Ehsan Akbarian, Anna Lind, Ali Sharif Razavian and Max Gordon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:844

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy and reliability of and time taken by a novel method using the built-in photo-edit function of smartphones compared with PACS in measuring hallux valgus pa...

    Authors: Tianji Huang, Lin Wang, Chao Lu, Weiyang Zhong, Zenghui Zhao and Xiaoji Luo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:716

    Content type: Research

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  4. To explore orthopaedic and musculoskeletal clinicians’ views and experiences of legal, safety, safeguarding and security issues regarding the use of virtual consultations (VC) during the COVID-19 pandemic. A s...

    Authors: Anthony W Gilbert, Gregory Booth, Tony Betts and Andy Goldberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:245

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Although it is well-established that osteoarthritis (OA) impairs daily-life gait, objective gait assessments are not part of routine clinical evaluation. Wearable inertial sensors provide an easily accessible ...

    Authors: Ramon J. Boekesteijn, José M. H. Smolders, Vincent J. J. F. Busch, Alexander C. H. Geurts and Katrijn Smulders

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:242

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most promising areas in medicine with many possibilities for improving health and wellness. Already today, diagnostic decision support systems may help patients to es...

    Authors: Lia Rigamonti, Katharina Estel, Tobias Gehlen, Bernd Wolfarth, James B. Lawrence and David A. Back

    Citation: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2021 13:13

    Content type: Technical advance

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  7. Although telehealth is becoming more popular for delivery of care for individuals with musculoskeletal pain, to our knowledge telehealth has not been used to manage Achilles tendinopathy. This research aimed t...

    Authors: F. Hasani, P. Malliaras, T. Haines, S. E. Munteanu, J. White, J. Ridgway, P. Nicklen, A. Moran and P. Jansons

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:138

    Content type: Research article

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