Participate in Research
Research study participants play a crucial role in arthritis research, and much of the research completed at Arthritis Research Canada is made possible by the generous contribution of time by people like you. There are many opportunities for you to become involved; however, some patients are hesitant because they believe that all research studies are invasive. The truth is that some studies can be as simple as taking a survey, testing an interactive website or having a knee exam. And remember, your privacy and confidentiality are always protected.
Opportunities for you to get involved:
Have you hurt your knee playing sports or during a recreational activity in the past three years? You might be eligible for the new Stop OsteoARthritis (SOAR) program.
The SOAR or – Stop OsteoARthritis program aims to improve user’s ability to self-manage their osteoarthritis risk through education, personalized exercise, activity tracking, and weekly action planning. This research is a key step forward in changing how we treat these injuries in Canada.
Participants needed: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Quality of Care Survey Start and end date: October 2020 – October 2021 Why do this research? We created a survey for RA patients that measures quality of arthritis care. The survey looks at whether...
The purpose of the study is to establish a comprehensive list of medication side effects that patients with RA might experience. This will help us to measure these side effects, and inform strategies for reducing their impact. We are interested in hearing about your experience(s)!
Researchers are interested in learning what people with rheumatic diseases think about the rheumatology care they receive in British Columbia. In British Columbia, some rheumatologists work alongside nurses to provide care in their clinics. We are interested in hearing about your experience!
Participants needed: Understanding the experiences of individuals with immunosuppressive conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic (UNIFIED)
Have you been diagnosed with a rheumatic disease? Take part in the UNIFIED study which aims to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the care, treatment, and mental health of individuals living with rheumatic diseases.
Linking biomechanical and imaging outcomes to better understand the effects of running on knee joint health
Physical activity has been widely recognized as an important treatment approach for knee osteoarthritis (OA); however, little is known about the effects of running with this condition. Previous studies have suggested healthy knee cartilage has the ability to become stronger immediately after running in the short-term, but it remains unclear if unhealthy knee cartilage would react the same.
Empowering active self-management of arthritis: Raising the bar with OPERAS (an On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management)
Empowering active self-management of arthritis: Raising the bar with OPERAS (an On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management) Start and end date: February 2019 – February 2021 Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Want to learn more about self-care...
Making medication decisions for family planning and pregnancy among women with rheumatoid arthritis (MOTHERS)
Making medication decisions for family planning and pregnancy among women with rheumatoid arthritis (MOTHERS) Start and end date: September 2019 – TBD We are looking for women with rheumatoid arthritis. We’d love to ask about your experiences with...
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...