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Knee pain? Join the SuPRA study and get active!

Knee pain? Join the SuPRA study and get active!

Participate in a new study that will use wearable activity trackers, paired with a new web application, and physical activity counselling to help you get more active!

Picture of runner's leg from knee to feet Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of chronic pain and disability. Physical activity can help to decrease pain and disability in joints affected by OA while benefiting your overall health.

If you are a person living with knee pain or knee OA, and interested in getting more active, we invite YOU to participate in the SuPRA study. Through participating in SuPRA you will learn how to get active with knee OA. You will be asked to attend an education session, use a Fitbit Flex activity tracker with the new web application, and receive counselling from a registered physiotherapist. The total time commitment for the study is 9 months. Enrol now to start in January 2018!

If you are interested, please fill out a 3-minute screening questionnaire.All responses will remain confidential, and you will be contacted by a research staff member within 48 hours to discuss your eligibility further.

Survey Link:

For more information, contact Halima Elmi, Research Coordinator at 604-207-4053 or 1-844-707-4053, or via email at

#CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner – The road to become a rheumatologist

A screen capture of Cheryl Koehn and future rheumatologist Kelsey ChomistekIn 2008, a rheumatology workforce analysis report published by the American College of Rheumatology Workforce Study Advisory Group concluded:

Based on assessment of supply and demand under current scenarios, the demand for rheumatologists is expected to exceed supply in the coming decades. Strategies for the profession to adapt to this changing health care landscape include increasing the number of fellows each year, utilizing physician assistants and nurse practitioners in greater numbers, and improving practice efficiency.

Fast forward to 2015

The 2015 ACR/ARHP Workforce Study of Rheumatology Specialists in the United States projects a shortage of 3,845 rheumatologists in the U.S. by 2025, an increase from the 2005 ACR Workforce Study, which projected a shortage of 2,576 rheumatologists. Reasons for the shortage include: Continue reading

Have you started talking about biologic medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis with your doctor?

Super Study bannerThe latest online tool to help make your treatment decisions.

We are looking for people to participate in a study to determine the usefulness of a web-based program designed to aid people with rheumatoid arthritis in making decisions to start or switch biologics.

If you have started discussing STARTING OR SWITCHING BIOLOGICS with your doctor, we invite you to participate in this study.

You may be eligible if you:

  1. Have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
  2. See a rheumatologist
  3. Have started discussing switching or starting biologic medication with your doctor
  4. Have a valid email and internet access

This study can be completed from home or anywhere with internet access. Any information you provide will be completely confidential. An honorarium will be provided for your time.

If you would like more information, please contact Jasmina Geldman, Research Coordinator by phone at 604-207-4007, toll free 1-877-871-4575, or email Please also visit our UBC Study Website for more information.

SPINACH-project: SupPortIng seNiors And Caregivers to stay mobile at Home

SPINACH-project: SupPortIng seNiors And Caregivers to stay mobile at Home

Participants sought for short evaluation of online module with options how to stay independent at home when aging

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Decisions about how to stay independent at home are difficult ones for seniors, and we often hear that they do not know what their options are to do so.

We have created an online module (webpage) for seniors and caregivers who are facing decisions (with their health professionals) about how to stay independent at home. We are currently looking for seniors and caregivers that are willing to have a look at our module (as long as you like), and fill out a one-time questionnaire with your evaluation of it (10-15 minutes). With your help we can improve the module to meet your needs.  Continue reading

AS Health Storylines: An app for your AS journey

Screen grab image of appAS Health Storylines is a self-care app for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and associated spondyloarthritis diseases. It is developed in partnership with the Canadian Spondylitis Association, and is powered by the Health Storylines™ platform from Self Care Catalysts Inc. The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a national association to advocate for and support those living with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and associated spondyloarthritis diseases.

This app is created with input from people with AS so that the right health tools are available to you. The app allows you to record your symptoms, fatigue levels, moods, and more. Choose what you want to track to build your own summary – “My Storylines” –  to learn more about your health, and to share – safely and securely – with your doctor about what happened between visits.

The following health tools in the app will help you better manage and monitor your AS or associated spondyloarthritis disease: Continue reading

Digital Health Technologies: Improving outcomes in paediatric chronic pain

Child and adult Hand HoldingThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) regularly hosts free webinars. The next one, conducted in partnership with Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Coalition, will be on Wednesday, December 9 at 9:30 am PST (12:30 pm EST). The Digital Health Technologies: Improving Outcomes in Paediatric Chronic Pain webinar will look at how the use of digital health technologies has facilitated access to appropriate and timely care.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Majed Khraishi: What’s App Doc?

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Majed Khraishi: What’s App Doc? Making sense of health information technology applications in clinical practice

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.

About Dr. Majed Khraishi


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Dr. Majed Khraishi is the Medical Director at Nexus Clinical Research in St. John’s. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). After graduating from Ain Shams University in Egypt, he did his Internal Medicine Residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He then moved on to do a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Toronto after practicing as a general internist for two years. He is involved in medical education and clinical research and completed a sabbatical at Stanford University in 1995-1996 researching the GI side effects of NSAIDs in rheumatoid arthritis. His interests are the therapeutics of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. His accomplishments include being a principal investigator in over 60 pharmaceutical-sponsored therapeutic clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis and chronic pain. Continue reading

ICON Boot Camp for research – A work day away from work

ICON (Improving Cognitive & Joint Health Network) is a 3-year knowledge translation network research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The research is aimed to optimize mobility of older Canadians by modernizing the process of knowledge translation, enhance brain and joint health by improving physical activity, and improve the timely use of first-line treatment in the management of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cheryl and Anita of ACE

As the leader of the Knowledge User Advisory Committee, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) attended a two-day ICON Boot Camp on July 24 and 25, along with representatives and experts from the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Kinduct Technologies, QxMD, GRAND NCE, the Centre for Digital Media, the Arthritis Health Professions Association, and the Canadian Association for Retired Persons met to discuss ways to improve the transfer of healthcare information to improve bone and joint health.

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Big Data: e-health records reveals useful info about arthritis

Treasure Chest ListBig data from electronic health (e-health) records reveals useful information about arthritis such as the connection between allergies and uveitis in juvenile arthritis and an increased risk of epilepsy in people living with autoimmune diseases. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “big data generally refers to information that is too large – terabytes to petabytes or even exabytes of memory – to process with older standards of processing power.”

A recent study shows that patient information collected during routine checkups help doctors improve patient care and provide better diagnosis for their patients. A routine checkup can reveal X-rays, blood tests, written observation, and treatments or diagnosis prescribed by the doctor. When researchers access this data, the data is disassociated with the name of the patient but can still provide valuable information that reveal environmental, social, and medical factors that may influence the quality of patient care.

Below are some successful case studies: Continue reading