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Arthritis and Exercise Measures study: The University of Saskatchewan needs your help

Do you have arthritis? Participate for a chance to win a $50 pre-paid credit card

Picture of SaskatoonThe University of Saskatchewan is conducting a study to understand what helps people exercise regularly. You will be asked to complete 2 online surveys, which will ask you about your arthritis and current exercise patterns. After completing both surveys, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a 1 of 2 $50 pre-paid credit cards.

You can participate in the “Arthritis and Exercise Measures” study if:

  • You have been told by a healthcare person (e.g., doctor, physiotherapist) that you have arthritis
  • You have exercised for at least 15 minutes at least once in the past month (28 days)
  • You are 18 years of age or older

The first survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The second follow-up survey will be emailed to you 2 weeks later and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Any information collected during the study will be confidential. If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow this link:

If you would like more information, please contact research coordinator James Sessford at

Morning pain: Measuring the true impact of RA

StretchAccording to recent study, there was a strong connection between the severity and intensity of morning symptoms (including pain and stiffness) and measures of disease activity in the lives of those living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are the findings from the study:

  • Relation between the severity of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain and measures of disease activity = Pearson correlation of 0.91 (P<0.001)
  • Relation between the duration and severity of morning stiffness and the Disease Activity Score at 28 joints (DAS28) and the American College of Rheumatology -20 score (ACR20) = Pearson correlation of 0.50 (P<0.001)
  • Duration of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain – Pearson correlation of 0.46 (P<0.001)
  • Pain on waking as measured in patient diaries and at a clinic visits as part of the ACR assessment – Pearson correlation of 0.69 (P<0.0001)

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AS it Goes – Bridging the Patient-Doctor Divide

The doctor is listeningA checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Diane Lacaille: Rheumatologist care in rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2015″ – Dr. Diane Lacaille:  Rheumatologist care in rheumatoid arthritis

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Diane Lacaille

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning, March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

Note answers in this interview are provided in French only. A translation will be provided in the next few weeks.

About Dr. Diane Lacaille


Picture of DianeSenior Research Scientist, Rheumatology
Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology


Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, in Vancouver. She practices rheumatology at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and she has a hospital appointment at Vancouver Hospital Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC). She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology track, at the University of British Columbia.

Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability, and 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, using a population-based cohort of RA for the province of BC.

About rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain. It is a disease process (like cancer or diabetes) where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy joints. It is a relatively common disease-approximately 300,000 or 1 in 100 Canadians get it-and is often devastating to a person’s body if not treated properly. The disease process causes swelling and pain in and around joints and can affect the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, and heart. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands and feet. Other joints often affected include the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips. When moderate to severe, the disease reduces a person’s life span by as much as a dozen years.

Online survey: Share YOUR thoughts about a new app to help you be more active

ICON ImageOnline survey: Share YOUR thoughts about a new app to help you be more active

Did you know that walking 10 blocks a day can help improve cognitive health and may even be good for joint health in the long term?

Canadian health consumers like you are developing a new app, called Walk 10 Blocks, that will help you and your friends become more physically active in your neighbourhood, and even make it fun! Continue reading

JointHealth™ monthly – Celebrating arthritis research

February JHM coverCelebrating arthritis research

In this JointHealth™ monthly, we showcase research stories that demonstrate the value of collaboration between those who conduct research and those who use its results – consumers likes us, people living with arthritis.

  • What “window of opportunity” and “treat-to-target” mean in rheumatology.
  • The latest on what Canadian arthritis researchers are doing.
  • The 2014 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Partnership Award: A partnership between public, private and patient groups.
  • A summary of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ participation at the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Celebrating arthritis research 2000-2015

Turn back the clock 15 years ago when Arthritis Consumer Experts was founded, when new research began to suggest that osteoarthritis started attacking joints long before middle age, even before a person experienced symptoms of pain and inflammation. A paradigm shift in arthritis understanding was occurring and would deeply impact patients and their families, government and employers. Back in 2000, the world for people with arthritis was on the verge of dramatic transformation based on this new research and with the introduction of biologic therapy for inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, a driver of indirect healthcare costs and a leading cause of work disability in Canada. Fast-forward to today and the scene looks much different. With well-trained Canadian researchers continuing to work and lead in collaboration with their counterparts around the world, the words “prevention” and “remission” are heard in rheumatology offices across the country. Pain is being reduced, quality of life is improving, and work disability is dropping in people with arthritis who would have done much worse had the knowledge from research not been utilized in their model of care.

This collection of stories highlights the significant impacts arthritis research can achieve. Although each is different, as a group, they exemplify the commitment of Canadian researchers to improving the health of Canadians living with arthritis……