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Study Recruitment

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 Checklist [PDF] and submit it to [email protected] / 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

  • Inside Trials - An interview of clinical trials and clinical reporting

    Researchers are inviting individuals with arthritis who have previously taken part in a clinical trial of a prescription drug to participate in an interview study to share their experiences of taking part in a trial.

    Why participate in this study? Patients play a key role in research as participants in clinical trials and learning about trials from the patient perspective is important for improving arthritis research. We are interested to learn more about the experiences and views of people who have taken part in a clinical trial. As part of the study, we would like to find out how trial participants view the importance of publishing the results of trial research.

    Those who can take part in the study have:

    • Participated in a clinical trial of a prescription drug prior to the last 12 months and within the last 5 years,
    • participated in the trial as a patient with arthritis or another health condition (rather than as a “healthy volunteer”), and 
    • were 18 years or older when participating in the trial.

    Participating in this study would involve taking part in an interview of about 60 minutes and possibly a 30-minute follow-up interview. Interviews will be held in Victoria and Vancouver. In order to acknowledge the time taken to participate in this project, each participant will receive an honorarium of $50. 

    Additional information about the study: The study will also involve interviews with clinical trial investigators, university administrators, research ethics board members and individuals who have participated in other types of clinical drug trials to provide additional perspectives on clinical trials and trial reporting. The closing date of the project is August 31, 2021.

    Contact Details: Those interested in participating or finding out more information can contact Co-Investigator Richard Morrow at [email protected] or visit

    This study received ethics approval (#H18-03458) through the University of British Columbia
    Behavioural Research Ethics Board.

  • @Work: A study of millennials with rheumatic conditions

    What support do you need at work? Help us develop recommendations for employers. If you're 18-35 & live with juvenile arthritis, lupus or another rheumatic condition, we want to hear from you.

    Learn more:

  • 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
    [email protected]

    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: [email protected]

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

  • Expectations and educational needs of Canadian rheumatologists, rheumatology fellows and patients in the field of precision medicine

    Principal investigator:  
    Doctor Laetitia Michou, MD, PhD, Rheumatologist CHU de Québec-Université Laval

    Doctor Louis Bessette, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Rheumatologist CHU de Québec-Université Laval,  
    Doctor Paul R. Fortin, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Rheumatologist CHU de Québec-Université Laval,  
    Doctor Diane Lacaille, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Rheumatologist Arthritis Research Canada, Vancouver,  
    Doctor Joyce Dogba, MD, PhD, Université Laval,
    Jean Légaré, Ph.D, Arthritis Consumer Advisory Board (PIRA),
    Doctor Sophie Ruel-Gagné, Fellow in rheumatology  

    Project Information:   
    Precision medicine, a personalized medicine based on biomarkers, is a booming field. In recent years, there have been a number of global initiatives such as the Human Genome Project, the 100,000 Genomes Project in the United Kingdom and the US Precision Medicine Initiative whose purpose is to offer personalized care to each individual. Pharmacogenomics, a discipline that studies the role of genes in drug response and drug toxicity, is an important part of precision medicine. Some genetic tests are already widely prescribed by rheumatologists to improve patient care, and new tests should gradually appear and help make better treatment decisions.  

    Some studies have also focused on the knowledge and expectations of patients, but none have been done in rheumatology. They demonstrated that patients generally have a favorable attitude to the integration of precision medicine into clinical practice, but that their knowledge and understanding of genetic principles and tests are limited. It is therefore essential to better inform patients so that they are able to consent in a free and informed manner and to understand the results of the tests so as to integrate them into their shared decision-making. This project will assess the expectations and educational needs in the field of precision medicine among patients with rheumatic diseases, with the intent to develop educational tools that meet their needs. 

    Your Participation:   
    For this project, you will have to complete a 20–question survey divided into four sections: experience, knowledge, expectations and educational needs in the field of precision medicine (the estimated time to complete the questionnaire is 10 minutes). 

    Contact Information: 
    If you have questions about the research project, please contact Sophie Ruel-Gagné ([email protected]), co-investigator of this project. 

    This study has been approved by the CER du CHU de Québec-Université Laval, #2018-4065

  • 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: [email protected]

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

  • Referral to rheumatologists by physiotherapists to enhance access to care: ability and acceptability.

    Principal investigators: Debbie Feldman, PhD, Université de Montréal, Sasha Bernatsky, MD PhD, Université McGill, Linda Woodhouse, PhD, University of Alberta 

    Project description and objectives: Our project, funded by the Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) of the Canadian Rheumatology Association focuses on the identification process by physiotherapists of newly affected patients with  inflammatory arthritis and the consequences of rapid referral of these patients to rheumatology care. The purpose of the focus groups is to explore how to facilitate appropriate referrals in rheumatology and optimize the care of a patient with inflammatory arthritis. The focus group will be composed of 4-8 patients and the main goal is to help optimize patient care in inflammatory arthritis. 

    If you are interested in further details about this research, please contact Tatiana Rodriguez, [email protected]. 

    Read the Invitation
  • Research in early detection of osteoarthritis of the hands in women

    We are looking for women between the ages of 30 and 60 years, whose mothers had osteoarthritis in their hands to take part in the study of: “Early osteoarthritis detection in women with hypermobility of the first carpometacarpal joint” 

    As a participant in this study: 

    • You will be asked to answer anonymous questionnaires regarding your health, hand related activities and any hand symptoms you may have
    • You may be asked to have imaging assessment (hand photographs, X-rays and MRI) of your hands 
    • You may be asked if you would be willing to give a blood sample to evaluate protein markers as they pertain to osteoarthritis of the hands. 

    Any Royal University Hospital parking expenses incurred during participation in this study will be reimbursed.

    Contact Details: 
    Email: [email protected] 
    Tel: (306) 844-1458

    This study has been reviewed by and received approval from the Research Ethics Office, University of Saskatchewan

  • 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:

    If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact PhD Candidate Kirsten Gullickson at [email protected] 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.