Stop OsteoARthritis (SOAR)

Nov 27, 2019

In Canada, about 500,000 youth hurt their knee every year while playing sports. Half of them go on to develop knee osteoarthritis (OA) at a young age. Following a knee injury, people may have weaker knee muscles, become less physically active, and gain weight. The injury, in combination with these other factors greatly raises OA risk. The treatment of youth…

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Including preferences of patients with osteoarthritis into policy interventions

Nov 27, 2019

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease affecting 10-15% of Canada's population. It causes severe pain and disability, and is the leading cause of joint replacement surgery. Healthcare service planning does not currently consider patient preferences and their impact on health interventions. This could lead to the introduction of programs that patients do not use, which is a waste of system…

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A super-app to self-diagnose and manage knee osteoarthritis

Mar 15, 2019

Studies show that most people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) aren’t diagnosed early enough, or at all. This study combines three current apps (Arthritis ID, OPEN, and FitViz) into one super-app for detecting knee OA to improve knee health.

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Evaluating hip osteoarthritis progression

Feb 06, 2019

A condition called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) may cause hip osteoarthritis (OA), one of the most common forms of arthritis. This study will determine whether people with FAI are at a greater risk of developing OA, especially when combined with different types of physical activity.

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Is it safe to run if you have knee osteoarthritis?

Jan 03, 2018

Running is an activity that provides health benefits, but many people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) stop running because they are unsure if it is safe. This study will evaluate the effects of running on the knee joint and knee cartilage and provide answers about the safety of running after a knee OA diagnosis.

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Supporting physical activity in people with knee osteoarthritis

Jan 25, 2017

Despite overwhelming evidence that physical activity improves health and quality of life, over 50 per cent of people with arthritis are not physically active. SuPRA is a program that combines the activity tracker Fitbit Flex and the FitViz app with physical activity counselling to help those with knee pain to be more physically active, safely and at their own pace.

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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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Advancing technology to improve health care decision-making

Oct 13, 2009

Computer simulation modeling is a technique that sees how health care interventions and policies will affect the population, before they are implemented. The STAR project aims to advance this technology and expand its use in health care policies and research, with a multi-disease computer simulation model (osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease, and diabetes) to study the health of the population.

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