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

Jun 04, 2014

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

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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 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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Arthritis Health Journal: An innovative online self-management tool for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients

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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Increasing and improving physical activity for patients with inflammatory arthritis

Jan 31, 2017

Reasons for inactivity include motivation, exercise doubts, and limited counselling. The OPAM-IA program for improved physical activity combines the Fitbit Flex activity tracker, the new FitViz app, and physical activity counselling to help people with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus be more physically active, safely and at their own pace.

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Measuring Different Care Approaches for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dec 21, 2017

With the growing demands due to the insufficient number of rheumatologists – specialist physicians who care for patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA) – the “Model of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis” was developed to promote best practices for early diagnosis and treatment of IA. We developed measures to evaluate the model’s ability to provide access and timely treatment for IA patients.

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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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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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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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Rheumatoid arthritis Care for Diverse Populations in Canada – Supporting Changes to Better Reflect Realities

Jun 17, 2021

Some healthcare providers and researchers have a limited understanding of the barriers to care that exist for people who are members of populations that experience inequities. We will gather information to understand the rheumatoid arthritis care experience for Black Canadians and Canadians with diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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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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