Assessing the Cost of Switching from Biologic Drugs to Biosimilars in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in British Columbia (BC)

Jul 23, 2020

Biologic drugs are effective treatments for patients with RA, but their high costs take up a large part of British Columbia’s (BC) health care budget. As many biologic drugs are coming to the end of their patent, it is possible to make equivalent drugs called biosimilars for a much lesser cost. That would result in a cost saving of millions…

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Mental health matters for people with arthritis

Jun 22, 2020

The goal of this research is to study mental health in those with arthritis. Despite the complex relationship between arthritis and psychiatric conditions, it is an understudied issue. This will be the first study of its kind in Canada on mental health in people with arthritis. It will improve awareness of the how having arthritis affects mental health and how…

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Improving screening and prevention of chronic conditions due to inflammation in people living with inflammatory arthritis.

Jun 19, 2020

People living with inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or lupus) are more likely than the average person to develop other chronic conditions related to inflammation. Studies show that people with inflammatory arthritis are not getting the recommended screening and management for the risk factors of these chronic conditions when they visit their family physicians. In…

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Matching arthritis care to patients’ needs

Jun 19, 2020

There is a crisis in healthcare for Canadians living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Due to a shortage of rheumatologists in Canada, many people with RA must wait a long time to see one. This study explores a new method of treatment by creating patient care plans that match the needs of the individual patient. The aim is to provide a…

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OPERAS Health Tracking: Tracking rheumatoid arthritis symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 01, 2020

OPERAS (On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management) is an easy to use web/mobile app designed for people with RA to track their health. This app helps people to “see” how their symptoms and physical activity levels change over time, together with the treatment they use. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this information can be helpful for people with RA to plan…

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Understanding how quality of care affects rheumatoid arthritis outcomes

Feb 04, 2020

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) developed a national set of performance indicators to measure whether patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis are getting timely care and treated appropriately. Testing of these measures across Canada found gaps in care including long waiting times for rheumatology consultations, and inconsistent follow-up care. It's unknown why these gaps occur and what they mean for patients…

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Making it Work: Does it help people with inflammatory arthritis at work? (Phase III)

Oct 22, 2019

This research is a natural extension of our previous studies on Work Disability. This program is unique worldwide in that it combines the benefits of video conferencing group sessions focused on improving self-management, with assessments by health professionals specifically addressing employment. The web-based technology for delivery of the program is at the leading edge of trends in the field of…

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Developing a Patient Survey to Measure Quality of Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Sep 05, 2019

This research will improve existing quality of care measures for rheumatoid arthritis by including the patient’s view. The Patient Survey will obtain information on quality of care from the patient input. The survey will look at whether patients have received counselling for smoking cessation, exercise, and lifestyle issues. Existing surveys have not included that information and it is difficult to…

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Patient Decision Aids – Using them to Optimize Early Treatment in those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 01, 2019

In this study, a previously developed and tested decision aid will be used to help patients who are newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis to make decisions about treatments, with the focus of understanding how best to use this tool in the clinic.

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Improving strength training in people with rheumatoid arthritis

Aug 24, 2019

Strong muscles are important for people with rheumatoid arthritis, but only up to 14 per cent of people with the disease regularly do strength training exercises. The I START (Improving Strength Training and Tailoring among people with Rheumatoid ARThritis) project seeks to find out what helps people with RA to take up strength training and improve their health.

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An 18 month trial of reducing medications in patients with stable rheumatoid arthritis

Apr 01, 2018

This study aims to provide real-world data on a patient-centered approach to treatment reduction for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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New method to improve quality of care for rheumatoid arthritis: The balanced scorecard

Jan 17, 2018

The quality of care for inflammatory arthritis (IA) patients is not routinely monitored in Canada, so any variations in care could lead to poorer patient outcomes. We will test a ‘report card’ approach, which represents multiple viewpoints (patients, healthcare providers, and policy makers) and identifies opportunities for improvement.

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Active self-management of rheumatoid arthritis using a fitness tracker

Dec 15, 2017

This project will investigate whether an online intervention app can improve a patient’s ability to manage his or her rheumatoid arthritis. The “On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management” (OPERAS) links to a Fitbit Flex and combines disease activity monitoring and physical activity counselling.

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Hip Fractures and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jul 05, 2017

People living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at a greater risk for hip fractures, but few studies have looked at whether the burden of hip fracture is greater in RA patients than in patients without the disease. This study examines BC’s population group with RA, while also estimating mortality rates and identifying factors that predict the survival of RA patients…

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Providing appropriate rheumatoid arthritis care to First Nations populations

Mar 17, 2017

The occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis in Indigenous populations is three times higher than the general population, and often more severe. This study looks at the delivery of culturally appropriate treatment to help eliminate gaps in health care to meet the needs of Indigenous patients.

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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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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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Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in BC: The Impact of Care Gaps

Aug 29, 2011

This study will evaluate how variations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment and gaps in health care affect physical function, risk of work loss, and premature death. The results will help educate policy-makers and clinicians, and empower patients to make informed decisions about health care services.

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