Claire Barber


Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, PhD, FRCPC



  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Research Interests

  • Quality Measurement
  • Improving Health Systems
  • Measuring & Improving Patient Outcomes
  • Virtual Care
  • Inflammatory Arthritis


Dr. Barber completed an honors degree in microbiology and immunology (2002), a medical degree (2006), and internal medicine training (2009) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then pursued subspecialty medical training in rheumatology at the University of Toronto (2011). She came to Calgary to pursue additional research training in epidemiology and graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2016. Currently, Dr. Barber is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary since 2015. She is also affiliated with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. She is the current Scientific Director of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services.

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Her research program aims to improve the care for individuals living with inflammatory arthritis. She has led the development of quality measures nationally to monitor care delivery and identify areas for health system improvement. She has led national work on the rheumatology workforce and contributed to novel models of care delivery. She is leading work on the use of virtual care including text-based messaging to support patient care in inflammatory arthritis.

She has received several awards for her research including the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Emerging Investigator Award in 2020.


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Widdifield J, Bernatsky S, Pope JE, Ahluwalia V, Barber CEH, Eder L, Kuriya B, Ling V, Paterson JM, Thorne C. Encounters with Rheumatologists in a Publicly-Funded Canadian Healthcare System: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Rheumatology. 2019 June 15. pii: jrheum.190034. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.190034. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31203224


Carr ECJ, Patel JN, Ortiz MM, Miller JL, Teare SR, Barber CEH, Marshall DA. Co-design of a Patient Experience Survey for Arthritis Central Intake: an Example of Meaningful Patient Engagement in Healthcare Design. BMC Health Services Research. 2019 June 4;19(1):355. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31164176


Lopatina E, Miller JL, Teare SR, Marlett NJ, Barber CEH, Mosher DP, Wasylak T, Woodhouse LJ, Marshall DA. The Voice of Patients in System Redesign: A Case Study of Redesigning a Centralized System for Intake of Referrals from Primary Care to Rheumatologists for patients with Suspected Rheumatoid Arthritis. Health Expectations. 2019 June;22(3)348-363. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30520175


Kulhawy-Wibe SC, Zell J, Michaud K, Yazdany J, Davis AM, Erhlich-Jones L, Thorne JC, Everix D, Cappelli LC, Suter LG, Limanni A, Barber CEH. A Systematic Review and Appraisal of the Cross-Cultural Validity of Functional Status Assessments Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2019 April 12. doi: 10.1002/acr.23904. [Epub ahead of print]. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30980507


Barber CEH, Sandhu N, Rankin JA, MacMullan P, Marshall DA, Barnabe C, Hazlewood GD, Emrick A, Stevenson M, Then KL, Benseler S, Twilt M, Mosher D. Rheum4U: Development and Testing of a Web-based Tool for Improving the Quality of Care for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Clinical & Experimental Rheumatology. 2019-May-Jun;37(3):385-392. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30183602


Choi MY, Barnabe C, Barber CEH, Bykerk V, Pope JE, Hazlewood GS. Pragmaticism of Randomized Controlled Trials of Biologic Treatment with Methotrexate in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review. Arthritis Care & Research. 2019 May;71(5):620-628. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29908014


Amlani A, Choi MY, Tarnopolsky M, Brady L, Clarke AE, Garcia-De La Torre I, Mahler M, Schmeling H, Barber CEH, Jung M, Fritzler MJ. Anti-NT5c1A Autoantibodies as Biomarkers in Inclusion Body Myositis. Frontiers in Immunology. 2019 April 9;10:745. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31024569


Carr E, Ortiz MM, Patel J, Barber CEH, Katz S, Robert J, Mosher D, Miller J, Teare SR, Marshall DA. Creating an Optimal Model of Care for the Efficient Delivery of Appropriate and Effective Arthritis Care: A Systems-Level Evaluation. Journal of Arthritis Care and Research. January 2019. Submitted


Barber CEH, Nasr M, Barnabe C, Lacaille D, Pope J, Cividino A, Yacyshyn E, Baillie C, Thomson JG, Thorne C, Zummer M, Brophy J, Ruban RN, Ahluwalia V, McDougall R, Marshall, DA. Planning for the Rheumatologist Workforce: Factors Associated with Work Hours and Volumes.  Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 2019 April 24(3):142-146. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29846270


Barber CEH, Thorne JC, Ahluwalia V, Burt J, Lacaille D, Marshall D, Hazlewood GS, Mosher D, Denning L, Szamjo I, Chin R, Hamilton S, Benseler S, Twilt M, Shiff N, Bykerk V, Homik J, Barnabe C. Feasibility of Measurement and Adherence to System Performance Measures for Rheumatoid Arthritis in 5 models of care. Journal of Rheumatology. 2018 November;45(11):1501-1508. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29907674


Barber CEH, Schieir O, Lacaille D, Marshall DA, Barnabe C, Hazlewood G, Thorne C, Ahluwalia V, Bartlett S, Boire G, Haraoui B, Hitchon C, Keystone E, Tin D, Pope J, Denning L, Bykerk V. High Adherence Observed to System-Level Performance Measures for Rheumatoid Arthritis in a National Early Arthritis Cohort Over Eight Years. Arthritis Care & Research. 2018 June;70(6):842-850. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29450976


Cooper M, Rouhi A, Barber CEH. A Systematic Review of Quality Measures for Inflammatory Arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology. 2018 February;45(2):274-283. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29142026


Barber CEH, Mosher D, Ahluwalia V, Zummer M, Marshall DA, Choquette D, Lacaille D, Bombardier C, Chandran V, Lydiatt A, Khodyakov D, Dao E, Barnabe C. Development of a Canadian Core Clinical Dataset to Support High Quality Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in Canada. Journal of Rheumatology. 2017 December;44(12):1813-1822. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28966205


B Rouhi A, Hazlewood GS, Shaheen A, Swain M, Barber CEH. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Liver Fibrosis Detected by Transient Elastography in Inflammatory Arthritis: a Systematic Review.  Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2017 November-December;35(6)1029-1036. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28598786


Wilson BA, Cooper M, Barber CEH. Standards of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis: a Literature Review. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2017 August;47(1):22-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28366220


Khodyakov D, Grant S, Barber CEH, Marshall DA, Esdaile J, Lacaille D. Acceptability of an Online Modified-Delphi Panel Approach for Developing Health Services Performance Measures: Results from 3 Panels on Arthritis Research. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2017 April;23(2):354-360. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27619536


Barber CEH, Esdaile J, Martin L, Faris P, Barnabe C, Guo S, Lopatina E, Marshall DA. Gaps in Addressing Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessing Performance using Cardiovascular Quality Indicators. Journal of Rheumatology. 2016 November; 43(11):1965-1973. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27481908


Yazdany J, Myslinski R, Miller A, Francisco M, Desai S, Schmajuk G, Lacaille D, Barber CEH, Orozco C, Bunyard M, Bergman MJ, Harrington T, Passo M, Morris E, Matteson E, Olson R, Silverman S, Warren R, Nola K, Robbins M. Methods for Developing the American College of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures.. Arthritis Care & Research. 2016 October;68(10):1402-1409. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27390129


Brophy J, Marshall DA, Badley E, Hanly J, Averns H, Ellsworth J, Pope J, Barber CEH. Measuring the Rheumatology Workforce in Canada: A Literature Review. Journal of Rheumatology. 2016 June;43(6):1121-1129. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27036382


Choi M, Barber M, Barber CEH, Clarke A, Fritzler M. Preventing the Development of SLE: Identifying Risk Factors and Proposing Pathways for Clinical Care. LUPUS. 2016 July;25(8):838-849. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27252260


Suter L, Barber CEH, Herrin J, Leong A, Losina E, Miller A, Newman E, Robbins M, Tory H, Yazdany J. American College of Rheumatology White Paper on Performance Outcome Measures in Rheumatology. Arthritis Care & Research October 2016;68(10):1390–1401. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27159835


Barber CEH, Marshall D, Mosher D, Akhavan P, Tucker L, Houghton K, Batthish M, Levy D, Schmeling  H, Ellsworth J, Tibollo H, Grant S, Khodyakov D, Lacaille D.  Development of System-Level Performance Measures for Evaluation of Models of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis in Canada. Journal of Rheumatology. 2016 March;43(3):530-540. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26773106


Barber CEH, Jewett L, Badley EM, Lacaille D, Cividino A, Ahluwalia V, Averns H, Baillie C, Ellsworth J, Pope J, Levy D, Charnock C, McGowan C, Thorne C, Barnabe C, Zummer M, Lundon K, McDougall RS, Thomson JG, Yadyshyn E, Mosher D, Brophy J, Ruban NT, Marshall DA. Stand Up and Be Counted: Measuring & Mapping the Rheumatology Workforce in Canada. J Rheumatol.  2017 Feb;44(2):248-257. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27909087


Yazdany J, Myslinski R, Miller A, Francisco M, Desai S, Schmajuk G, Lacaille D, Barber CE, Orozco C, Bunyard M, Bergman MJ, Harrington T, Passo M, Morris E, Matteson EL, Olson R, Silverman S, Warren R, Nola K, Robbins M. Methods for Developing the American College of Rheumatology’s Electronic Health Record Quality Performance Measures (“eMeasures”). Arthritis Care & Research. Accepted July 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27390129


Barber CEH, Patel JN, Woodhouse L, Smith C, Weiss S, Homik J, Leclercq S, Mosher D, Christiansen T, Howden JS, Wasylak T, Greenwood-Lee J, Emrick A, Suter E, Kathol B, Khodyakov D, Grant S, Campbell-Scherer D, Phillips L, Hendricks J, Marshall DA. Development of Key Performance Indicators to Evaluate Centralized Intake for Patients with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Research & Therapy. 2015 November 14;17:322. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26568556


Barber C, Marshall D, Alvarez N, Mancini GBJ, Lacaille, D, Keeling S, Aviña-Zubieta A, Khodyakov D, Barnabe C, Faris P, Smith A, Noormohamed R, Hazlewood G, Martin L, Esdaile J.  Development of Cardiovascular Quality Indicators for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from an International Expert Panel Using a Novel Online Process. J Rheumatol. 2015 Sep;42(9):1548-55. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26178275


Barber CE, Smith A, Esdaile JM, Barnabe C, Martin LO, Faris P, Hazlewood G, Noormohamed R, Alvarez N, Mancini GB, Lacaille D, Keeling S, Aviña-Zubieta JA, Marshall D. Best practices for cardiovascular disease prevention in rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review of guideline recommendations and quality indicators. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Feb;67(2):169-79. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25074725


Wang LR, Barber CE, Johnson AS, Barnabe C. Invasive Fungal Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Systemic Review of Disease Characteristics, Risk Factors and Prognosis. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2014; 44(3):325-30. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25129259


Barber CE, Lacaille D, Fortin P. Systematic review of validation studies of the use of administrative data to identify serious infections.  Arthritis Care Res 2013 Aug;65(8):1343-57. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23335588


Barber C, Kim J, Inman RD, Esdaile JM, James MT. Antibiotics for treatment of reactive arthritis: A systematic review and metaanalysis. J Rheumatol. 2013 Jun;40(6):916-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23588936


Touma Z, Gladman DD, MacKinnon A, Carette S, Abu-Shakra M, Askanase A, Nived O, Hanly JG, Landolt-Marticorena C, Tam LS, Toloza S, Nikpour M, Riddell C, Steiman A, Eder L, Haddad A, Barber C, Urowitz MB. Development and Assessment of Users’ Satisfaction with the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index 2000 Responder Index-50 Website. J Rheumatol 2013; 40(1):34-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23118108


Bernatsky S, Lix L, O’Donnell S, Lacaille D; CANRAD Network (Hudson M, Markland J, Docherty P, Fritzler M, Jones N, Kaminska E, Khalidi N, Ligier S, Masetto A, Mathieu JP, Robinson D, Smith D, Sutton E, Abu-Hakim M,Leclercq S, Lix L, O’Donnell S, Badley E, Hanly J, Hawker G, Henderson J, Lim S, Peschken C, Stringer E, Svenson L, Labrecque J, Widdifield J, Bernatsky S, Askling J, Bergeron L, Dixon W, Kopec J, Paterson M, Raymond C, Solomon D, Suissa S, Vinet E, Lacaille D, Avina-Zubieta A, Fortin P, Hudson M, Jean S, Rahme E, Solomon D, Whitehead G, Barber C, Kuriya B, Labrecque J, Leong A, Sirois C). Consensus Statements for the Use of Administrative Health Data in Rheumatic Disease Research and Surveillance. J Rheumatol 2013; 40(1):66-73. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23118109


Barber CE, Herzenberg A, Aghdassi E, Su J, Lou W, Qian G, Yip J, Nasr SH, Thomas D, Scholey J, Wither Urowitz M, Gladman D, Reich H, Fortin PR. Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes and Renal Vascular Pathology Among Patients with Lupus. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2012; 7(5):757-764. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22442181


Barber C, Leclerc R, Gladman DD, Urowitz MB, Fortin PR. Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome: An Emerging Disease Manifestation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Semin Arthritis Rheum 2011; 41(3):353-63. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21868061


Barber CE, Lee P, Steinhart AH, Lazarou J. Multifocal Motor Neuropathy with Conduction Block Following Treatment with Infliximab. J Rheumatol 2010; 37(8):1778-1780. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20675855


Barber CE, Thompson K, Hanly JG. Impact of a Rheumatology Consultation Service on the Diagnostic Accuracy and Management of Gout in Hospitalized Patients. J Rheumatol 2009; 36(8):1699-1704. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19567626


Horton R, Barber CE. Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Resulting from Trans-dermal Fentanyl-Clarithromycin Drug Interaction in a Patient with Advanced COPD. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009; 37(6):e2-5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19500718


Barber CE, Geldenhuys L, Hanly JG. Sustained Remission of Lupus Nephritis. Lupus. 2006;15(2):94-101. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16539280


Barber CE, Hewlwtt TJ, Geldenhuys L, Kiberd BA, Acott PD, Hatchette TF. BK Virus Nephropathy in a Heart Transplant Recipient: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Transpl Infect Dis. 2006; 8(2):113-121. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16734635