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


 Available to participants globally

Click on the following link to complete an online consent form and get access to the OPERAS application: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5inedSevvSdgnQx

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Study Title:

Impact of COVID-19 on Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity, Symptoms, and Physical Activity Participation


Principal Investigator: 

Linda Li PT, PhD; Professor, University of British Columbia; Senior Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Diane Lacaille, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada; Professor and Associate Head Academic Affairs, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia


Start Date:

May 2020


End Date:

December 2023


Why do this research?

People who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do better when they are supported and encouraged in their self-care. 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 all the things that they juggle in their self-care.


What will be done?

You will be asked to complete a set of questions about yourself (such as your age, sex, marital status, where you live) and also about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you and your health. Then a staff member from the OPERAS team will contact you with the information you need to access the website and mobile app. OPERAS will allow individuals living with RA to track their health and to better manage their symptoms during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. As OPERAS is also available as a mobile app, people can track their symptoms as often as they like.

Click here to see what OPERAS entails and how it can help you!

You may be eligible if you:

• have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis
• are 18 years of age or older
• are able to read and write in English
• have regular access to the internet with a computer, a tablet, and/or a smartphone

*This study is available to participants from all over the world


How do people get involved?

Click on the following link to complete an online consent form and get access to the OPERAS application: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jZyTSjnT7yoBr7

Note: OPERAS is currently only compatible with the Fitbit smartphone app. If you do not have a Fitbit device or have an alternative health tracker, click here to see how you can connect.



Email: operas@arthritisresearch.ca 


Who is on the research team?


Catherine Backman, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT, Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia; Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Technology Partner:

Tactica Interactive