Integrating contextual and online self-reported data for personalized healthcare: A tennis elbow case study

Tian Yu Goh, Frada Burstein, Pari Delir Haghighi, Allison Macpherson, Margaret Staples, Rachelle Buchbinder

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Advances in sensors and mobile technology have helped evolve the use of eHealth, especially in the field of chronic pain. Chronic pain is a widespread problem where self-management is important. Current studies tend to collect data at sparse intervals due to the cost involved in collecting data using traditional instruments. We demonstrate how technology enables richer data collection frequencies to analyse the influence of patients’ context on their pain levels. In this paper, we present a case study as an add-on analysis to a clinical trial for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). We explore the usefulness of on-line key data collected at higher frequencies in explaining or discovering changes in pain. This dataset allowed us to learn that there are no associations with temperature and humidity to this type of pain, that patients tend to have different pain experiences, and that pain at night tends to be higher than overall or activity-related pain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2016)
EditorsJulie Fisher, Walter Fernandez
Place of PublicationWollongong NSW Australia
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781741282672
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems 2016 - University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016
Conference number: 27th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2016


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems 2016
Abbreviated titleACIS 2016
OtherInformation systems (IS) have become an unrecognised commodity – everybody uses them, yet as IS researchers and practitioners we seem to need to explain time and again what we do, what value we provide, and keep justifying our existence.

ACIS 2016 provides the opportunity to do just that and offers the opportunity how we, as the IS community, take up that challenge.
Internet address


  • Chronic pain
  • Context
  • EHealth
  • Pain trajectory
  • Tennis elbow

Cite this