Research

Measuring the risks and costs of steroid use in individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus

Principal Investigator: Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester

This study is investigating how much of later occurring long term damage can be credited to steroid use in the treatment of SLE patients. The severity of this risk across all dosage levels of steroids is being measured to better understand what constitutes a “safe” steroid dose.

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Self-Management Support for Underserved Populations with Arthritis and Co-Morbidities

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

People with chronic diseases and arthritis use self-management support programs and services to improve their health and manage their illnesses. However, these self-management approaches do not meet the needs of people living with arthritis in underserved and vulnerable circumstances in British Columbia.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Haida Gwaii

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Kwakiutl District Council

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Kwakiutl District Council, Vancouver Island to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

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The use of Case Managers for arthritis care in First Nations communities

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia and Siksika Nation Health Services in Siksika, Alberta. Our objective is to develop and evaluate culturally responsive case manager programs designed to improve wellness in people who have arthritis and other chronic conditions.

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RESEARCH PROJECT WEBSITES

PRECISION

Preventing Complications from Inflammatory Skin, Joint and Bowel Conditions

IMPAKT-HiP - Preventing Hip Pain

Determining the cause of hip pain and opening the door to preventing hip osteoarthritis

The Star Project

A multi-disease computer simulation model for studying the health of Canadians

The ANSWER Tool

A decision aid for people with early rheumatoid arthritis

Making It Work

Helping people with inflammatory arthritis deal with employment issues

RECENT RESEARCH SUMMARIES

Measuring the risks and costs of steroid use in individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus

Principal Investigator: Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester

This study is investigating how much of later occurring long term damage can be credited to steroid use in the treatment of SLE patients. The severity of this risk across all dosage levels of steroids is being measured to better understand what constitutes a “safe” steroid dose.

read more

Self-Management Support for Underserved Populations with Arthritis and Co-Morbidities

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

People with chronic diseases and arthritis use self-management support programs and services to improve their health and manage their illnesses. However, these self-management approaches do not meet the needs of people living with arthritis in underserved and vulnerable circumstances in British Columbia.

read more

Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Haida Gwaii

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

read more

Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Kwakiutl District Council

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Kwakiutl District Council, Vancouver Island to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

read more

The use of Case Managers for arthritis care in First Nations communities

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia and Siksika Nation Health Services in Siksika, Alberta. Our objective is to develop and evaluate culturally responsive case manager programs designed to improve wellness in people who have arthritis and other chronic conditions.

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Hip Fractures and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Principal Investigator: Allyson Jones, Professor, Dept Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, PT PhD.

Although persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at risk for breaking their hips, few studies have specifically looked at whether the burden of hip fracture is greater in patients with RA than patients with hip fractures from the general population. Using data from the BC government, we have a unique opportunity to examine hip fracture in a BC population-based group with RA.

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Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations

Principal Investigator: Cheryl Barnabe, Research Scientist, MD, MSc, FRCPC.

Arthritis is the most common chronic disease in Indigenous populations, particularly severe inflammatory arthritis. The main goal of my program of research is to describe and find solutions to the inequalities in inflammatory arthritis care and outcomes in Canada’s Indigenous populations.

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Self-Management Support for Underserved Populations with Arthritis and Co-Morbidities

Principle Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, Arthritis Research Canada, MD, MHSc, FRCPC.

People with chronic diseases and arthritis use self-management support programs and services to improve their health and manage their illnesses. However, these self-management approaches do not meet the needs of people living with arthritis in underserved and vulnerable circumstances in British Columbia.

read more