Happy Hands

An app for digital self-management of hand osteoarthritis

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About the project

Hand osteoarthritis affects nearly half of all women and a quarter of all men, and is a major cause of pain and reduced function in the hands. There is no cure, but international guidelines state that information, hand training and the use of simple support splints and aids are effective measures to reduce pain and improve function. However, the services available to this patient group are inadequate, and to improve services, researchers, clinicians and user representatives at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, in collaboration with the University's Center for Information Technology at UiO, developed an app to make information about this recommended treatment available.

The aim of this project is to investigate the impact, cost-effectiveness and experiences of using the Happy Hands app.

Who can participate?

Patients diagnosed with hand osteoarthritis by a healthcare professional and who seek help or have been referred to a GP or healthcare institution participating in the project are eligible for the study.

For a list of participating healthcare institutions, please contact

Recruitment of participants for the study is ongoing.

Project arrangement

If you wish to take part in the study, after giving written informed consent, you will be assigned to one of two groups:

  1. One group (the control group) will receive standard treatment. This treatment will include, as a minimum, written information about hand osteoarthritis.
  2. The second group (the intervention group) will receive standard treatment and follow a 12-week digital program through the Happy Hands app.

The program consists of videos with evidence-based information on hand osteoarthritis, treatment options, self-management of the disease and hand training.

Before, during and after the project, we will collect information about you through questionnaires. If you are selected for the control group, you will have access to the Happy Hands app after 6 months.


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