Research

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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A study of the risk of blood clots in patients with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Associate Professor of Medicine, MD, MSc, PhD.

Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly known as Wegener’s disease) have a much higher risk of blood clots in the lungs and legs.

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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.

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The Economic Challenges of SLE: Measuring and Mitigating the Impact

Principal Investigator: Ann Clarke, Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MSc.

Many have written about the commonness of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) but few have described the economic challenges experienced by these patients and fewer still have documented their lost productivity.

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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

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

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OPAM-IA: A Physical Activity Intervention

Principal Investigator: Linda Li, Senior Research Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD.

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…

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It IS About Us

Co-Principal Investigators: Linda Li, Professor, Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia and Jenny Leese, PhD Student, Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

The It IS About Us project is jointly designed by Arthritis Research Canada’s Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB) and health researchers who have experience in engaging with patients in research.

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