Preventing Complications from Inflammatory Skin, Joint and Bowel Conditions

Project 3: Preventing Complications with Improved Use of Physician Guidelines: Can an Electronic Reminder System Help?



A sub study of PRECISION: Preventing Complications from Inflammatory Skin, Joint and Bowel Conditions

Project Lead: Diane Lacaille MD, MHSc, FRCPC. Scientific Director, Arthritis Research Canada, Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

For a list of team members involved in this study click here.

Study Start Date:
2019 Study End Date: ongoing


Why do this research?


Research shows that people with inflammatory skin, joint, and bowel diseases do not always receive the best care for complications that may occur from their disease. Although national guidelines exist on how to screen and manage these diseases and their complications, physicians are not always using the latest guidelines to care for their patients.

In this sub-project of the PRECISION study, we will examine:

  1. If the interactive techniques developed by the research team such as electronic reminders and feedback improve physicians’ use of these national guidelines.

This research could improve how physicians manage complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blood clots in the legs and lungs, severe infections, hip fractures, selected cancers, diabetes, and chronic lung disease for patients with inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease (i.e., Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis).


What will be done?


With the help of specialists, family physicians, and electronic medical record vendors, we will develop an electronic reminder system for physicians to use with their patients with inflammatory skin, joint, and bowel conditions. We will pilot test this reminder system with family physicians and modify it based on their feedback. We will then work with 50 family physicians from across British Columbia to evaluate if this newly modified system helps them follow the national guidelines and we will collect their feedback to further improve the system.


Who is involved?


Family physicians are our target group for this project but our team members we will also be working with specialists, healthcare organizations, and EMR vendors to design the reminder system.


Who is funding this research?


  • Canadian Institute for Health Research
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Canada


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