JointHealth™ express   January 31, 2008

Researchers from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and the University of British Columbia are conducting a study about people's experience of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the early stage of the disease. This project, funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is led by Dr. Linda Li, a physical therapist and a health services researcher.

If you have been diagnosed with RA within the last 12 months, you are invited to take part in an interview session to talk about your experience in looking for treatment and information. We are interested in hearing about what helps and hinders dealing with symptoms on a day-to-day basis and your experience with health professionals.

Early treatment of RA can prevent joint damage and improve health outcomes. From this research, we will be able to understand the barriers that people face in seeking help for RA. This will enable us to develop initiatives that increase awareness of RA and improve access to services so that it can be detected and managed as early as possible.

If you are interested in sharing your experience with us, please contact: Dr. Anne Townsend at (604) 827 - 4574 or by e-mail:, or contact Zubin Amarsi at (604) 871 - 4572 or by e-mail: