Current Research

Work Productivity Study

Study Title: Towards a patient global measure to assess at-work limitations/productivity loss in patients with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis (EULAR-PRO project): Phase II, Recall period study and validity study


Principle Investigator:

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


Study Start Date: 2014

*As of October 2017, the study is in its analysis stage.*


Why do this research?

Arthritis, with the pain and fatigue that comes along with it, often makes it difficult for people to perform their job. Several different questionnaires have been used to measure how arthritis impacts work performance. This study aims to find out which questionnaire best captures the impact of arthritis on a person’s ability to perform their job, so we can find out which one is the best to use in clinical studies and trials evaluating the effectiveness of medications or other interventions on a person’s ability to work.


What will be done?

Participants complete questionnaires at the start of the study, at 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks, and then again at 2 and 3 months. These questionnaires include questions about their productivity and/or limitations at work, and questions about their general health.

Important results of the research study will be published in established medical journals or presented at meetings within the field of rheumatology research. These publications will be available upon request from the researchers involved in this study.


Who is involved?

The study is being organized by an international team of researchers and rheumatologists working in the field of rheumatology and who are especially interested in the impact of arthritis on work.


Chief Investigator:

Dr. Suzanne Verstappen. Senior Research Fellow, Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit. Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, University of Manchester


Research Staff:

Brendan van As, BSc, MPH. Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Canada


Who is funding this research?

 The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)

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