What is the connection between anxiety and other symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis?

Aug 06, 2020

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher levels of anxiety and depression compared to the general population. Depression, in particular, has been linked to increased RA symptoms, such as fatigue, diminished treatment response, and greater disability. Depression and anxiety affect the quality of life for patients living with RA and represent a large gap in patient care...

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Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Complications in People with SARDs

Jul 28, 2020

Systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) are a group of rare diseases in which a person’s immune system malfunctions and attacks its own tissues. SARDs include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, polymyositis (PM), dermatomyositis (DM), and the systemic vasculitides ...

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Measuring geographic differences in care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients

Nov 29, 2019

Using a patient-centred approach this research measured the geographic variation in access to care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

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Knee Osteoarthritis Self-Management and Knowledge Project

Nov 27, 2019

The goal of this project was to help early knee osteoarthritis patients manage their disease by increasing their involvement in their care process with family doctors. Working with patients, family doctors and other key parties, we created an App, named Knee OA Self-management and Knowledge Application (KOASK). KOASK is able to create a guided self-management plan and provide reliable information…

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Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work (Phase I)

Oct 22, 2019

People with inflammatory arthritis commonly have to stop working because of the limitations imposed by their disease. This has a tremendous impact on their quality of life, and financially for themselves, their families and society. This study addresses the development and pilot testing of a self-management program to help people with rheumatoid arthritis stay employed.

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Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work (Phase II)

Oct 22, 2019

In response to participant feedback, Phase II sees the creation of a web-based, eLearning version of the Making it Work project. Work loss is a common and early outcome of inflammatory arthritis. This can have a major impact on people’s quality of life, and has a high cost to those affected, their families and society. This novel program is aimed…

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Management of gout from the patient perspective

Aug 24, 2019

This study was developed to improve gout care. By conducting one-on-one interviews with individuals with gout in an effort to understand their experience managing gout. The information collected will be used to adapt ways of delivering care and thereby improve health outcomes in gout.

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Team effort proves effective in managing gout

Apr 08, 2019

The study showed that a collaborative team ehealth approach was feasible and effective in managing gout. The research found that uric acid levels decreased during the study with over two-thirds of patients hitting their target levels.

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Is ‘Big Data’ a big deal for healthcare in Canada?

Feb 07, 2019

Most people who did this study’s online survey supported using datasets from our public health care system for health research, if personal information was removed. It was seen as important to studying long-term outcomes in large numbers of people.

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How much extra time do people with certain systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) lose from paid and unpaid work, and what are the costs?

Aug 16, 2018

The study focused on three systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs): systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome, and how they affected the patients’ ability to work.

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The costs of early spondyloarthritis

Feb 09, 2018

This study created a database of cost and health information that will let researchers look into many questions that affect spondyloarthritis (SpA) patients.

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How can we tell if Ankylosing Spondylitis care is being given according to recommendations?

Feb 09, 2018

With specialist doctors having differences of opinion about recommended AS care, through feedback from the specialists, this researcher developed a way to measure whether AS care is being given according to recommendations.

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Biologic drugs for SpA: does following recommendations affect patients’ cost and health?

Feb 09, 2018

The study showed that there were no differences in costs or in health between patients who received a biologic when recommended and those who did not. Moreover, the study showed that patients who received a biologic when recommended had better health than those who did not, as well as reductions in certain types of costs.

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Biologic drugs for spondyloarthritis patients: do policies in different countries affect costs and health?

Feb 09, 2018

The study compared different countries’ policies in administering biologics and how those requirements may lead to extra costs without any added health benefit for the patient. The study showed extra costs result when patients who are not benefiting from biologics continue to take the drug and that patients and doctors can work together to save costs and improve health.

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Managing Lupus and you: Navigate your journey with MyLupusGuide – Part I

Dec 20, 2017

The study was responsible for the development of The Lupus Interactive Navigator (LIN) a web-based self-management program for people with lupus and then further tested its usability and acceptability with lupus patients.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Haida Gwaii

Dec 11, 2017

This study was conducted to develop a culturally relevant, family-based program for Aboriginal people and family members to improve wellness when living with arthritis. Improved care and research by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

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Self-Management Support for Underserved Populations with Arthritis and Co-Morbidities

Dec 11, 2017

People with chronic diseases and arthritis can use self-management support programs and services to improve their health and manage their illnesses. These approaches do not necessarily meet the needs of people living with arthritis in underserved and vulnerable populations.This study will be used to develop policy and education tools to improve quality of care for those in underserved populations.

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The use of Case Managers for arthritis care in First Nations communities

Dec 06, 2017

This study partnered with First Nations communities to develop and evaluate culturally responsive case manager programs designed to improve wellness in First Nations people who have arthritis and other chronic conditions.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Kwakiutl District Council

Dec 06, 2017

This study was conducted to develop a culturally meaningful, family-based program for Aboriginal people and family members to improve wellness when living with arthritis. Improved care and research by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

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A study of the risk of blood clots in patients with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Jul 05, 2017

Using a population-based database that includes all people living in BC, this study looked at the rate of venous thromboembolism (blood clots) in patients diagnosed with GPA compared to the general population (people without GPA).

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It IS About Us

Sep 09, 2016

A joint project with Arthritis Research Canada’s Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB) and health researchers who have experience engaging with patients in research. Analysis of the perspectives shared by participants is ongoing. Based on findings, user-friendly resources for patients, researchers, and research organizations to support patient engagement in research are being developed.

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MONITOR-OA: Improving physical activity for those with knee osteoarthritis.

Aug 12, 2016

MONITOR-OA is a program that uses activity trackers to help people with knee pain set goals to be more physically active, safely. and at their own pace.

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PAthway To Health (PATH): Fostering culturally appropriate physical activities using digital technology in Indigenous communities

Oct 03, 2015

This project tested a physical activity mentoring program in partnership with Arthritis Research Canada, to improve health and wellness in the served by Kwakiutl District Health Centres.

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Track OA: Improving physical activity using a wearable activity tracker for patients with knee osteoarthritis

Feb 04, 2015

Physical activity can reduce pain and improve people’s ability to move around. This study tested a new program that uses wearable activity trackers to help people with knee pain set goals and get active at a pace that’s right for them.

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Preventing Complications with Improved Physical Activity: Can Self-Monitoring Technologies Help?

Jan 01, 2015

The study focused on developing a web application called FitViz which gathers data from patients’ Fitbit and allows their health professionals to use this data in setting personalized goals with the patient. The use of Fitbit and FitViz appeared to increase physical activity awareness, and helped in setting realistic goals.

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Reducing Cognitive Impairment and Improving Joint health in Older Adults

Jun 06, 2014

This study developed ways to improve the use of effective prevention and treatment options for brain and joint health with a focus on physical activity, and timely use of arthritis treatment. This included testing digital media test tools with the public and health professionals.

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Access and Utilization of Healthcare for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Aboriginal People in Alberta

Jun 04, 2014

This study looked at patterns of healthcare utilization for arthritis care among Aboriginal people. It reveals reasons for low specialist care-utilization by Aboriginal patients, driven by prior experiences in the healthcare settings.

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Need help making a decision about rheumatoid arthritis treatment? Introducing ANSWER-2!

Nov 11, 2013

In this project, we will develop ANSWER-2, a decision aid for people who are considering biologics. Once the tool is developed, we will test whether ANSWER-2 is able to improve people’s experiences of making this treatment decision.

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The Arthritis Health Journal: An online self-management tool for rheumatoid arthritis

Nov 06, 2013

People who are actively involved in the management of their chronic disease tend to be more successful in reaching their health goals and have better treatment outcomes. The Arthritis Health Journal was developed to help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients monitor their symptoms, track their disease activity, and develop action plans with their rheumatologists to better manage RA and improve health…

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How can online physical activity monitoring tools be used in arthritis care?

Nov 06, 2013

This study examined how exercise tools such as diaries, pedometers, multisensory devices and global positioning system (GPS) monitors are used by people with arthritis, as well as what influences the patients’ use of these tools.

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Assessing the Complications of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Jun 03, 2013

This study sought to better understand the complications of PsA (psoriatic arthritis) and to generate valuable information about the progression from PsC (psoriasis) to to better serve patients.

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One-on-one Education for Family Doctors Improves Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 13, 2012

This study was designed to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention targeted to family physicians to inform them of the recent changes in the way RA is treated and provide them with tools to help them implement current treatment guidelines.

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A New Colour-Coded Imaging Method to Diagnose Gout

Feb 21, 2012

This study has shown that the Dual Energy CT scan (DECT) can be used reliably as a tool to help diagnose gout, and rule out other types of arthritis.

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OPEN (Osteoarthritis Physical Activity & Exercise Net): Can an interactive website increase physical activity in people with previously undiagnosed early knee osteoarthritis?

Oct 17, 2011

This project directly targetted physical inactivity at a time when the joint damage tends to be mild, and when people are more motivated to adopt a healthy behaviour.

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Preventing hip pain and hip osteoarthritis

Oct 16, 2011

There has been a long debate as to whether certain types of physical activity (such as hockey, soccer and cycling) cause hip osteoarthritis (OA). The research team will look at whether having one or more subtle deformities of the hip, combined with physical activity, can cause cartilage damage and eventually OA.

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Animated, Self-serve, Web-based Research tool (ANSWER): A decision aid for people with early rheumatoid arthritis.

Nov 10, 2010

The tool, ANSWER, helps people who are recently diagnosed with RA make informed, timely decisions about using Methotrexate, a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat RA.

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Arthritis, parenting and household work

Apr 25, 2009

Arthritis symptoms like pain and fatigue affect many roles in life.This study looked at the impact inflammatory types of arthritis have on parenting tasks and household work and what solutions are available to assist with challenges in parenting and household work.

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Assessing Heart Disease and Stroke Risk in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Apr 25, 2009

Due to the increased risk of heart attack and stroke in SLE patients, this study looked at how often the known factors that increase heart attack and stroke were checked in SLE and whether or not definitive action was taken.

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