Current Research

OPAM-IA: A Physical Activity Intervention

 

Study Title: Effectiveness of Online Physical Activity Monitoring in Inflammatory Arthritis (OPAM-IA): A New Model of Care

Principal Investigator: 
Linda Li PT, PhD; Professor, University of British Columbia; Senior Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada


Study Start Date:
January 2017  |  End Date: TBD

 

Why do this research?

 

Physical activity is important in managing arthritis.

Reasons for inactivity include motivation, exercise doubts and limited counselling.

To address the problem of inactivity, we will test a new program at improving physical activity among rheumatoid (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients.

 

What will be done?

 

OPAM-IA is a program that uses Fitbit Flex (wireless physical activity tracker) paired with FitViz (new application), and physical activity counselling to help people with RA and SLE be more physically active safely and at their own pace. Physical activity information will be collected by the Fitbit Flex and viewed through the FitViz by a physiotherapist to guide participant’s progress.

The OPAM-IA program consists of:

  1. A one-time group education session in the Greater Vancouver Area
  2. Using Fitbit Flex and FitViz app
  3. Online/telephone physical activity counselling.

 

Who is involved

 

Our team consists of 7 co-investigators, 6 research staff and 12 collaborators. Sixty people with RA and sixty people with SLE will be recruited. Eligibility criteria consists of:

  1. RA or SLE diagnosis.
  2. No previous experience in using any physical activity wearables.

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the two groups to either receive the intervention immediately or wait 2 months before getting the intervention. Participants in the Immediate Group will be asked to attend a group education session, use a Fitbit Flex with the FitViz app, and receive counselling by a registered physiotherapist. Participants in the Delayed Group will wait 2 months to start the same intervention. Throughout the study, assessments will be done at the beginning, and at the end of months 2, 4, and 6. These assessments include an online questionnaire and wearing another research based accelerometer for 7 days.

 

How do people get involved?

 

For more information, please view the OPAM-IA recruitment notice. If you are Interested in participating, you can click here to access our short screening questionnaire and contact the study coordinator.

Contact: Halima Elmi, MPH, Research Coordinator
Phone: 604.207.4053  |  National Toll Free: 1.844.707.4053
Email: helmi@arthritisresearch.ca

 

Who is funding the research?

 

The Arthritis Society

 

Who is on the research team?

 

Co-Investigators:

Dr. Lynne Feehan, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Lead, Clinical Research, Rehabilitation, Fraser Health; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC

Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubeita, MD, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, UBC

Dr. Charles Goldsmith, MSc, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Anne Townsend, PhD
Research Associate, UBC

Dr. Catherine Backman, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT
Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UBC

Dr. Diane Gromala, PhD
Professor, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Chris Shaw, PhD
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

 

Research Staff:

Navi Grewal, Research Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada

Morgan Barber, Research Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada

Juliane Chien, Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Canada

Jenny Leese, PhD trainee, Arthritis Research Canada

Jasmina Geldman, Research Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada

Graham Macdonald, Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Canada

 

Collaborators:

Greg Noonan, Mary Pack Arthritis Program

Paul Adam, Mary Pack Arthritis Program

Dr. Leigh Callahan, Thurston Arthritis Research Center

Pam Montie, Arthritis Patient Advisory Board

Cherly Koehn, Arthritis Consumer Experts

Dr. John Esdaile, University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. Kam Shojania, University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada

Dr. David Collins, University of British Columbia

Dr. Jason Kur, Pacific Arthritis Centre

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, Vancouver General Hospital

Dr. Ken Blocka, University of British Columbia

Dr. Shahin Jamal, University of British Columbia

 

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