Completed Research

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

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

Using information from DESIR, researchers looked at which patients satisfied the criteria to receive biologic drugs in different countries: France, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

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

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

This study used information from DESIR to look at the effect of following doctors’ recommendations about who should use biologic drugs.

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

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

The study discovered that specialist doctors have some differences of opinion about recommended AS care.

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The cost of SpA: results from patients in the DESIR cohort

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

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

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

Principal Investigator: Paul Fortin, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada; Tenured Professor and Canada Research Chair on Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases, Centre de Recherche, Université Laval

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a rare disease that can affect many organs in the body and often requires complicated treatments. SLE can cause serious complications over time and has a significant impact on the quality of life for people who have this disease. We wanted to change how we approach the care of people with lupus.

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

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

People with chronic diseases and arthritis use self-management support programs and services to improve their health and manage their illnesses. However, these self-management approaches do not meet the needs of people living with arthritis in underserved and vulnerable circumstances in British Columbia.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Haida Gwaii

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

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Arthritis Wellness Program for Aboriginal People – Kwakiutl District Council

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with several First Nations communities served by the Kwakiutl District Council, Vancouver Island to develop and evaluate a program to improve wellness in people with arthritis. Unlike other arthritis programs, this project will involve family members and will be relevant to Aboriginal culture.

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

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

We are partnering with First Nations communities served by the Old Massett Village Council, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia and Siksika Nation Health Services in Siksika, Alberta. Our objective is to develop and evaluate culturally responsive case manager programs designed to improve wellness in people who have arthritis and other chronic conditions.

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

Access to health services is a determinant of population health and is known to be reduced for a variety of specialist services for Indigenous populations in Canada. With arthritis being the most common chronic condition experienced by Aboriginal populations and causing high levels of disability, it is critical to resolve access disparities through an understanding of barriers and facilitators to care.

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

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatoloy, MD, MHSc, FRCPC.

The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention specifically targeted at 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

A New Colour-Coded Imaging Method to Diagnose Gout   Principal Investigator: Hyon Choi -  MD, DrPH, FRCPC. Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology; Professor of Medicine, Boston University   Why do this research? Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that involves a build...

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

Certain risk factors are known to increase the chance of heart attack or stroke in the general population, that is people without SLE. These include being a man, having a raised blood sugar (diabetes mellitus), having a high blood level of fats such as cholesterol, smoking, having high blood pressure, and having a strong history of heart disease or stroke in the family. Because of the increased risk of heart attack and stroke in SLE, it was decided to check how often the known factors that increase heart attack and stroke were checked for in SLE.

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Arthritis, Parenting and Household Work: Part 2

This study builds on the existing knowledge, but also works towards identifying a) What predicts parenting and household work disability and b) What solutions can we use in health, rehabilitation and social service programs to assist mothers with challenges in parenting and household work?

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Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work! Phase II

In phase II, we are converting our program into a web-based format. This change is in response to feedback from participants who found it difficult to attend sessions at the end of a workday because of the fatigue people with arthritis often experience. It is also consistent with current trends in adult learning, health education and self-management where eLearning is growing. eLearning will also make the program more accessible to a greater number of people with arthritis, including those in remote communities.

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Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work! Phase I

We have developed and pilot tested a program aimed at preventing work disability and at helping people with arthritis deal with the difficulties they encounter at work. This project builds on previous research where we surveyed people with rheumatoid arthritis across BC to identify the risk factors for work disability.

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A New Health Survey Technique

A New Health Survey Technique Measuring Health Outcomes: An empirical Comparison of Adaptive and Standard Questionnaires   Principal Investigator: Jacek Kopec, MD, PhD   Why do this research? Sometimes when visiting a hospital or clinic a physician will ask patients...

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Should Antimalarial Drugs Such as Hydroxychloroquine Be Used in People with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

We searched all of the English language medical journals for individuals who had published on hydroxychloroquine, SLE, and pregnancy for 1966-1999 as well as going through textbooks on arthritis to find who had written chapters on lupus. The experts were mailed a 19-question survey asking them about themselves and their practice and how they managed individuals with SLE during pregnancy and breast feeding.

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