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A personalized Decision Tool for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-recherche Canada’s scientific team is tackling challenges faced by over 6 million Canadians living with arthritis – challenges that can interfere with everyday life. Through 100+ research projects, they are finding ways to prevent arthritis, diagnose people earlier, manage symptoms, provide new and better treatments and improve overall quality of life. We are excited to share #2 on Arthritis Research Canada's list of 10 Research Projects to Watch in 2023 this week.

#2 A Personalized Decision Tool for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Today, there are many medications available, called ‘disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs’ that are effective at treating inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Determining what is the best treatment option for each person is challenging.

Choosing the ‘best’ treatment option for each patient should be based on the most up-to date data about its effectiveness and safety, and individualized to the specific situation of each person, as well as patient preferences. This study will develop a personalized decision tool to help patients choose the best treatment option for them.

Data will be analyzed from all trials conducted to date and from over 10,000 patients in Canada. A risk calculator will be developed to estimate treatment benefits and risks of side-effects, individualized to each patient’s situation.

Guidelines will be developed along with this tool and implemented into clinical practice. The goal is to develop a tool to help patients select the best treatment for them, in partnership with their doctor. Click here to learn more about this research study.