Current Research



Fighting fatigue using a physical activity intervention

Study Title: The role of physical activity in fatigue experienced by people with inflammatory arthritis: A sub-study of OPAM-IA   Principal Investigator: Masoud Pourrahmat, BSc MSc student, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia Trainee, Arthritis...

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Citizen Health: Action, Network & Global Engagement (CHANGE)

Scientific Study Title:   Integrated KT 2.0: Development of an Online Citizen Science Portal   Principal Investigators: Linda Li, PT, PhD (UBC), Leanne Currie RN, PhD (UBC), Erin Michalak PhD (UBC).   Start and End Date: August 2018 to August 2021   Why do this...

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How do price caps on generic drugs affect cost and supply?

Aslam H. Anis. PhD, FCAHS. Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

The goal of this research is to assess whether current price-cap regulations including the Pan-Canadian Generic Pricing Framework are efficient.

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Will using your arthritis medications during pregnancy cause you or your baby to have more infections?

Mary De Vera, BSc, MSc, PhD, Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The goal of this research is to find out whether using these medications during pregnancy causes moms and babies to have more infections, so that appropriate prevention and monitoring can take place to ensure that both moms and babies can be healthy.

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A New Method to Measure Health Literacy

Principle Investigator: Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, Head of the UBC Respiratory Division and co-Director of UBC Institute for Heart and Lung

The purpose of this study is to develop a new test to measure HL based on recent recommendations from the Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy.

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Assessing Meaningful Patient Engagement in Research

Principal Investigator: Clayon Hamilton, PhD. Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

This research will create and test a measurement tool, the Patient Engagement in Research Scale (PEIRS). The PEIRS will assess patients’ perceptions of being meaningfully engaged as Patient Research Partners in health research…

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PRECISION: Preventing Complications from Inflammatory Skin, Joint and Bowel Conditions

Principal Investigator: John Esdaile, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCAHS, Scientific Director

People with inflammatory diseases of the skin, joint, or bowel have better treatment options for managing their disease than ever before. They are now more likely to die from complications of the disease than the disease itself. With more knowledge on what causes complications and how to reduce them, we believe prevention is possible.

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Hip Osteoarthritis Progression Evaluation (HOPE) Study

Scientific Study Title:  Population-Based Longitudinal Cohort Study of Femoroacetabular Impingement of the Hip Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging Outcomes Principal Investigator: Jolanda Cibere, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, UBC;...

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SuPRA: A Physical Activity Intervention

Principal Investigator: Linda Li, Senior Research Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD.

In this study, we will test if a new program can improve physical activity and decrease the sitting time in people with knee osteoarthritis…

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IMPAKT-HiP: Preventing Hip Pain

Principal Investigator: John Esdaile, Scientific Director, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCAHS

The goal is to show how physical activity while interacting with one or more subtle deformities can cause cartilage damage and eventually OA.

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Co-Principal Investigators:

Claire Barber MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Diane Lacaille, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Senior Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada, Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Acting Co-Head Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, UBC, Mary Pack Chair in Arthritis Research (Rheumatology)

One approach to monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to patients is the implementation of a balanced scorecard. Like a report card, a balanced scorecard is a structured approach to improving efficiency and performance that represents viewpoints from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

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Active self-management of rheumatoid arthritis utilizing a fitness tracker.

Principal Investigator: Linda Li, Senior Research Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD.

The research will address the following: Can an online program, combining symptom/disease activity monitoring and physical activity counselling by a physiotherapist (PT) improve self-management ability in people with RA?

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Hip Fractures and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Principal Investigator: Allyson Jones, Professor, Dept Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, PT PhD.

Although persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at risk for breaking their hips, few studies have specifically looked at whether the burden of hip fracture is greater in patients with RA than patients with hip fractures from the general population. Using data from the BC government, we have a unique opportunity to examine hip fracture in a BC population-based group with RA.

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Providing appropriate rheumatoid arthritis care to First Nations populations

Principle Investigators: Cheryl Barnabe, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Glen Hazlewood, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Evidence based therapies are those shown to give the best results based on evidence from well-designed and conducted research. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with evidence-based therapies prevents joint damage and disability.

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OPAM-IA: A Physical Activity Intervention

Principal Investigator: Linda Li, Senior Research Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD.

OPAM-IA is a program that uses Fitbit Flex (wireless physical activity tracker) paired with FitViz (new application), and physical activity counselling to help people with RA and SLE be more physically active safely and at their own pace…

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The Arthritis Health Journal: An Online Tool for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Principal Investigators: Diane Lacaille, Senior Research Scientist of Rheumatoloy, MD, MHSc, FRCPC and Paul Adam, MSW.

The Arthritis Health Journal was developed to help patients monitor their symptoms, track their disease activity, and develop actions plans with their rheumatologists that will help them manage their rheumatoid arthritis. This online tool can provide early warning when targets are not being met so that treatment can be modified as needed.

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

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

We are evaluating how variations in RA care and treatment strategies impact outcomes important to people with arthritis, such as physical function, risk of work loss, and premature death. Our results will provide evidence to help policy-makers, clinicians and people with arthritis evaluate and make informed decisions about health care services.

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New signals in blood may help to understand lupus better

Scientific Study Title: Mapping anti-mitochondrial antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus   Principal Investigator: Paul R Fortin, MD, MPH, FRCPC. CHU de Québec – Université Laval Research Centre   Study Start Date:  2019/01   Study End Date:  2022/01   Why do...

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Testing of System-Level Performance Measures for Inflammatory Arthritis

Principal Investigator: Claire Barber MD PhD FRCPC Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

In collaboration with arthritis stakeholders across Canada and the AAC, we have developed a set of performance measures to evaluate the Models of Care’s ability to provide access and timely treatment for patients with IA. Our results will contribute to the development of consistent measures of access to care and treatment across Canadian centers and to the advocacy for arthritis care in Canada.

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

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

The objectives of this study were to develop the Lupus Interactive Navigator (LIN)*, a web-based self-management program for people with SLE, and test the LIN for usability and acceptability.

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Measuring the risks and costs of steroid use in individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus

Principal Investigator: Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, University of Manchester

This study is investigating how much of later occurring long term damage can be credited to steroid use in the treatment of SLE patients. The severity of this risk across all dosage levels of steroids is being measured to better understand what constitutes a “safe” steroid dose.

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Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations

Principal Investigator: Cheryl Barnabe, Research Scientist, MD, MSc, FRCPC.

Arthritis is the most common chronic disease in Indigenous populations, particularly severe inflammatory arthritis. The main goal of my program of research is to describe and find solutions to the inequalities in inflammatory arthritis care and outcomes in Canada’s Indigenous populations.

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The Economic Challenges of SLE: Measuring and Mitigating the Impact

Principal Investigator: Ann Clarke, Research Scientist of Rheumatology, MD, MSc.

Many have written about the commonness of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) but few have described the economic challenges experienced by these patients and fewer still have documented their lost productivity.

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