JointHealth™ express   September 13, 2013

Help other rheumatoid arthritis patients make decisions about their biologic treatments

A team of Canada’s leading arthritis researchers and digital media scientists are developing an interactive web-based tool to help RA patients make informed decisions about biologic treatments with their doctor. The research team will be led by Linda Li, Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. This new patient decision aid, called ANSWER-2, will help RA patients decide:
  1. If biologic therapy is the right choice for them; and,
  2. Which biologic best meets their individual needs.
The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is looking for participants to take part in a filmed interview about their real-life experiences in making decisions about using biologic therapy. The filmed interview will be featured in the ANSWER-2 decision aid tool and play a crucial role in conveying first-hand knowledge that can help others to decide what is most important in their decision-making process. Participants must meet the following requirements:
  1. Have rheumatoid arthritis
  2. Are comfortable speaking on camera
  3. Are willing to share the reasons underlying their treatment decisions
  4. Live in Vancouver, BC
Participants will be reimbursed for any travel expenses incurred, provided food and beverages, and awarded a small cash honourarium for their time and effort.

All the interviews are casually conducted and can be easily edited. Participants will be able to review and approve any footage they are featured in before it is published.

If you are interested in taking part, please click here to fill out a short questionnaire to find out if you are eligible. Do not miss out on this opportunity to share your perspective on biologic therapy to support others with rheumatoid arthritis! The deadline for application is 11:59pm on Monday, September 23rd 2013. For more information, please contact Charlene Yousefi, research coordinator at or by phone at 604-207-4007.

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