Access to health services is a determinant of population health and is known to be reduced for a variety of specialist services for Indigenous populations in Canada. With arthritis being the most common chronic condition experienced by Aboriginal populations and causing high levels of disability, it is critical to resolve access disparities through an understanding of barriers and facilitators to care.read more
Principal Investigators: Hyon Choi – Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, DrPH, FRCPC. Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
By better understanding the complications of PsA, we can help to develop preventative measures to better serve patients.read more
Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatoloy, MD, MHSc, FRCPC.
The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention specifically targeted at family physicians to inform them of the recent changes in the way RA is treated and provide them with tools to help them implement current treatment guidelines.read more
A New Colour-Coded Imaging Method to Diagnose Gout Principal Investigator: Hyon Choi - MD, DrPH, FRCPC. Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology; Professor of Medicine, Boston University Why do this research? Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that...read more
Animated, Self-serve, Web-based Research tool (ANSWER): A decision aid for people with early rheumatoid arthritis.
In this project, we have developed and tested an online tool called ANSWER. This tool helps people who are recently diagnosed with RA make informed, timely decisions about using Methotrexate, a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat RA.read more
Certain risk factors are known to increase the chance of heart attack or stroke in the general population, that is people without SLE. These include being a man, having a raised blood sugar (diabetes mellitus), having a high blood level of fats such as cholesterol, smoking, having high blood pressure, and having a strong history of heart disease or stroke in the family. Because of the increased risk of heart attack and stroke in SLE, it was decided to check how often the known factors that increase heart attack and stroke were checked for in SLE.read more
This study builds on the existing knowledge, but also works towards identifying a) What predicts parenting and household work disability and b) What solutions can we use in health, rehabilitation and social service programs to assist mothers with challenges in parenting and household work?read more
This study answered the question: What is the impact of inflammatory arthritis on the role of mother?read more
In phase II, we are converting our program into a web-based format. This change is in response to feedback from participants who found it difficult to attend sessions at the end of a workday because of the fatigue people with arthritis often experience. It is also consistent with current trends in adult learning, health education and self-management where eLearning is growing. eLearning will also make the program more accessible to a greater number of people with arthritis, including those in remote communities.read more
We have developed and pilot tested a program aimed at preventing work disability and at helping people with arthritis deal with the difficulties they encounter at work. This project builds on previous research where we surveyed people with rheumatoid arthritis across BC to identify the risk factors for work disability.read more