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Through studies such as these, arthritis will be better understood and new and improved approaches to management will be identified and implemented. We hope to:

  • link you with Canadian researchers who are using the Internet, telephone or mail to conduct national arthritis research;
  • provide you with opportunities to participate in research studies in your geographic region, if available
  • provide an opportunity for people with arthritis from across Canada to be able to participate in arthritis research from the comfort of their homes.

Please note: The research studies listed on this site have received ethics committee approval. The opportunities posted here do not include clinical trials.

How can I submit my study?

Download the Patient Study Policy & Checklist [PDF] and submit it to research@arthritis.ca / 1.800. 321.1433. Please note that we will not post opportunities that do not meet the criteria set out in our policy.

Current Studies

  • Coronary artery disease and inflammatory arthritis

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is more common in women with inflammatory arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis pain can present as chest and shoulder pain and is difficult to distinguish from cardiac pain.

    If you are a woman greater than 55 years of age with rheumatologist diagnosed inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid psoriatic or ankylosing spondylitis) and established CAD (history of MI, percutaneous intervention [PCI], and/or coronoary artery bypass graft surgery) and interested in participating in a focus group to inform the development of an innovative mobile and web-based health solution for women, please contact Dr. Monica Parry.

    Contact details:

    Dr. Monica Parry, University of Toronto
    (416) 946-3561
    Monica.parry@utoronto.ca

    Sessions will be one hour in length. Refreshment and a $25 gift card will be provided.

    This research project received ethics approval (#34908) through the University of Toronto Research Ethics Committee.

  • Exercise & Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Do you want to be more active?

    Researchers at McGill/MUHC are comparing the effects of two different 12-week exercise programs designed for people with RA.

    • Adults 18 to 65 years of age who are not currently exercising
    • Individually supervised exercise program or home-based exercise program
    • Measurement of body composition, resting metabolic rate, muscle strength and other fitness measures before and after the program
    • Participants stay on all usual RA medicines throughout the study

    For more info:

    Call Alex at 514-398-4184 ext 8910
    Email: RAexercisestudy@gmail.com

    This research project received ethics approval (##2018-3192) through the McGill University Health Centre Research Ethics Board.

  • GO-OUT Study

    What is the GO-OUT study?

    We are a group of physical therapists, geriatricians and researchers from the University of Alberta and other academic centers. We have partnered with Edmonton Bone and Joint Clinic to run a study to evaluate two programs designed to help seniors to walk outside more easily.

    Who can participate in the study?

    We are looking for adults aged 65 years and older, who find it difficult to walk outside, and who walk outdoors less than 20 minutes a week, even in good weather.
    You must be able to walk at least 1 block continuously on a flat surface on your own but it’s ok if you need to use a cane or walker. You can also participate with a spouse or friend!

    What will you have to do?

    You will attend four evaluations at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Clinic over a 1-year period. After the first evaluation, we will assign people using a process that is like flipping a coin, to one of two programs. You have an equal chance of being assigned to either program.

    The two programs are:

    GO-OUT Workshop & Support Program:
    This program involves a workshop and weekly educational reminders. Participants will attend a 3-hour interactive workshop to learn information, strategies and skills to walk safely outdoors. Lunch will be provided. You will learn how to use step-counters and Nordic walking poles, and about fall prevention and proper clothing and footwear needed to walk outside.
    GO-OUT Workshop & Outdoor Walking Program:
    This program involves the same 5-hour workshop described in the program above, but you will also participate in an outdoor walking group, led by a physiotherapist or registered kinesiologist, for 10 weeks. In the outdoor walking program, you will meet as a group in several parks around Edmonton, twice a week for 10 weeks. Classes will be cancelled for inclement weather.

    When and where will the programs run?

    We will assign you to attend a workshop, tentatively scheduled for: Saturday June 9th, 2018, 10 am - 3 pm Workshops will take place at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Clinic: 9499 137 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB, T5E 5R8.

    Is there a cost to participate?

    No. The GO-OUT programs are FREE of charge because the study is funded through a research grant. All participants will receive a free step counter, workshop workbook and lunch on the day of the workshop.

    What to do if you are interested to participate or you have questions?

    If you have questions or if you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Allyson Jones:
    Tel: (780) 492 2020
    Email: GOOUT@ualberta.ca

    This research project received ethics approval (#Pro00077774) through the University of Alberta Research Ethics Committee.

  • Romantic Partners’ Experiences Adjusting to Arthritis

    Are you or someone you know in a romantic relationship with a person who has arthritis or another chronic pain condition?

    Researchers from the University of New Brunswick are looking for partners of individuals with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions to complete an anonymous online survey that is expected to take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to validate a new questionnaire that focuses on partners’ adjustment to their spouse’s chronic pain.

    As a thank-you for participating, all partners will be given the chance to enter their name into a draw for a $25 CAD Amazon gift card (1 in 12 odds).

    You are eligible to participate if you are currently in a co-habitating romantic relationship of at least 1 year with a patient who experiences chronic pain (e.g., arthritis, back pain, neuropathic pain syndromes, migraines, muscle pain syndromes). You must also be at least 21 years of age, fluent in English, reside in North America, and have access to the Internet. You are not eligible to participate if you experience chronic pain yourself.

    Click on the secure link below to learn more about the project and start the survey: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/Partners.aspx

    If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact PhD Candidate Kirsten Gullickson at kgullick@unb.ca or (306) 501-4571.

    This project is on file with the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board (REB #2018-065). The survey will be active from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019.