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Understanding the Cost and Health Outcomes of Living with Hip and Knee Arthritis in Alberta

Start and end date:

October 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Why do this research?

 

Canada’s public health care system pays for doctor visits, imaging, and surgery, but medications and treatments to manage osteoarthritis are paid out-of-pocket or with private health insurance.

Our research team wants to understand what nonsurgical services people use to manage their osteoarthritis, as well as the cost and effectiveness of these services. This study will track your symptoms and health care use over one year. Study results are intended to inform policy decisions about funding nonsurgical osteoarthritis services in Alberta.

What will be done?

We are asking participants to complete a web-based questionnaire collecting basic demographics, pain intensity, medications, ability to do daily activities, quality of life and health care resources used because of arthritis. Your arthritis-related health care resource use might include appointments, procedures, and treatments as well as personal costs like travel costs for medical appointments, lost time, or lost income.

Who is on the research team?

 

Principal Investigator:

Deborah Marshall, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

 

Co-investigators:

Darren Mazzei, MPT, PhD Candidate

How do people get involved?

We are asking participants to complete a questionnaire every three months for a 12-month period. This means you will complete the questionnaire five times over one year. The first questionnaire will take 15-30 minutes, and subsequent questionnaires will be 15 minutes or less.

 

You may be eligible if you:

  • 45+ years of age
  • Diagnosed with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis by a health professional
  • Resident of Alberta

Want to get involved?

 

Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions and/or would like to participate.

Study coordinator: Darren Mazzei

PhD Candidate, Health Economics
Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
P:1-403-441-3650
E: hip.knee@ucalgary.ca

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB20-0613).

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