Rheumatoid Arthritis | Arthritis Health Journal Proof of Concept Study

Rheumatoid Arthritis research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to determine whether an online patient passport tool called the Arthritis Health Journal can assist people with rheumatoid arthritis in managing their disease.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Be 18 years of age or older - Have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis - Be under the ongoing care of a rheumatologist - Be comfortable using a computer and online applications - Have access to an Internet connection - Be able to read and write English without needing a translator Exclusion Criteria: - Younger than 18 years of age; - Diagnoses of arthritis other than rheumatoid arthritis - not under the ongoing care of a rheumatologist - not comfortable using a computer - lack of Internet access - inability to read and write in English without a translator

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Arthritis Health Journal

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Arthritis Health JournalParticipants in this group will use the Arthritis Health Journal in the first 6 months of study.

ControlParticipants in this group will receive a delayed intervention. They will receive usual care for the first 6 months of study, during which time they will contribute control data, and they will use the Arthritis Health Journal in the second 6 months of study, during which time they will contribute intervention data.

Study Status


Start Date: September 2013

Completed Date: February 2016

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Self-Management Behaviours

Secondary Outcome: Self-Efficacy

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Diane Lacaille, MD MHSc

Lead Sponsor: University of British Columbia

Collaborator: Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care

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