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Did you receive an invitation to participate in our survey?

We’re sending out invitation packages to a random selection of adults in British Columbia who may or may not have been diagnosed with an inflammatory disease.

People who are interested in participating will either be mailed or emailed a 40-minute survey, collecting information on sociodemographic factors (e.g. occupation, ethnicity), lifestyle factors (e.g. diet history, physical activity, sun exposure etc.), self-reported health, and more.

Why are we doing this research?

Serious medical complications, such as heart attacks, stoke, and lung clots, are more common in people living with inflammatory diseases. This study will find out:

1) how common these different complications are,

2) if inflammation is the cause of these complications, and

3) what can be done to prevent having them.

We will look at a number of inflammatory diseases:


Psoriasis (with or without arthritis)


Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, gout, and systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases, which include systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, systemic sclerosis (also sometimes called scleroderma), polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and systemic vasculitis (of which there are many types, including temporal giant cell type, Wegener’s type)


Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis

How do people get involved? 

If you receive an invitation to participate in our survey, please sign and return the consent form. We will then mail or email you our survey. Complete the survey.

To support our work, follow us on social media or subscribe to the Arthritis Research Canada newsletter to receive updates about our projects and to share our research with others.


By helping us learn more about inflammatory diseases and their preventable health complications, you can help Canadians live better, longer lives!

Survey participants will have a chance to win one of ten $100 prizes and one $1,000 prize as a thank you for their participation.

Have questions about the study?

Contact: Astrid Knight, Research Coordinator​
Phone: 604-207-4016
Toll-free-phone: 1-877-878-4558

Who is on the research team?

Principal Investigator: Dr. Diane Lacaille

Co-Investigators: Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Michal Abrahamowicz, Cheryl Barnabe, Jolanda Cibere, Hyon Choi, Mary De Vera, Jan Dutz, John Esdaile, Sunil Kalia, Gilaad Kaplan, Jacek Kopec, Mary L. McBride

We are currently studying over 1 million Canadians with inflammatory diseases of the skin, joint or bowel as part of a larger project called PRECISION.

This study has been approved by the University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board H15-00887.