JointHealth™ express   December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015 – Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Want to take part in a focus group about preventing it?

Participate in the “Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis (Pre-RA): perspectives of people at risk and of rheumatologists on selected interventions” study now.

More and more, it seems that healthcare professionals can predict who may develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They may also be able to stop the disease in some people before it affects their lives and damages their bodies. This could lead to treatment programs for people who are currently healthy, but at risk of developing RA. Unfortunately, there are many things that are still uncertain about these treatments. The study plans to conduct focus groups of people with RA, rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses, and first-degree relatives (siblings, parents) of people with RA to determine their attitudes towards preventative treatment and the decision-making process around treatments.

The Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis (Pre-RA) study is part of a larger project, and is funded by an unrestricted Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology cAre (CIORA) grant from the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

Two focus groups are planned, one on February 9th, 2016, and one on March 2nd, 2016. Each session will take about 2 hours. Non-alcoholic beverages and light refreshments will be provided. You will receive a $80 honorarium for your participation.

If you would like to be a part of this important research project, please contact the research coordinator indicated below. If you also have a first-degree relative who would like to participate in a separate focus group, please also ask them to contact the research coordinator.

Research Coordinator: Katherine Milbers.