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Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Share your experiences in the I START Study!


Start and end date: 

October 2018 – TBD  

We are looking for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. We’d love to ask you some questions that will help us develop better physical activity programs.

You are eligible if you:

  • Have rheumatoid arthritis
  • Are 19 years of age or older and live in Canada
  • We are recruiting all individuals that meet the above criteria, but would especially like to hear from you if you are a) male, b) live in a rural area, or c) have little or no experience in strength training

Why do this research? 

Doing activities that strengthen your muscles can help reduce pain, fatigue, and risk for cardiovascular disease, but only up to 14% of people with rheumatoid arthritis regularly do strength training exercises. In the I START project, we want to find out what helps people with rheumatoid arthritis to take up strength training. 

What will be done?

This will involve a 1.5-hour interview online, in-person, or by telephone, whichever way is most convenient for you. We offer a $30 honorarium as a small thank you for your time. 

Who is on the research team?

Principal Investigator: Linda Li, PhD, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation, Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, Arthritis Research Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada

Co-investigator: Jasmin Ma, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arthritis Research Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Want to participate?


If you would like to take part in this study or seek more information, contact:  


Jasmin Ma

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ph: 604-207-4031

Alt: 613 329 1849  

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