Led by Dr. Linda Li, our research team aims to understand how online physical activity monitoring tools may be used to support Canadians with arthritis in managing their disease.
Being physically active can reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life. Despite these benefits, many people with arthritis are sedentary and do not have access to health professionals to learn how to stay active safely.
A range of online physical activity monitoring tools are available and have potential to improve physical activity. Examples include online diaries, pedometers, multisensor devices and global positioning system (GPS) monitors, which can be used to share detailed information about patients’ physical activity with healthcare professionals.
What remains unknown is how these tools may be used most effectively by people with arthritis to better manage their disease.
To gain in-depth insight into this topic, our research team will hold extensive focus groups and interviews with patients, health professionals and healthcare decision makers in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Findings will inform the future design, testing and use of online physical activity monitoring tools to improve arthritis care.
This study is an important step forward in bringing arthritis patients’ self-management into the digital age.
This study is funded by The Arthritis Society.
Aileen Davis, Toronto Western Research Institute
Allyson Jones, University of Alberta
Catherine Backman, University of British Columbia
Anne Townsend, University of British Columbia
Antonio Avina-Zubieta, University of British Columbia
Gerry Sheanh, Arthritis Research Centre’s Consumer Advisory Board
Karen Tsui, Arthritis Research Centre’s Consumer Advisory Board
Cheryl Koehn, Arthritis Consumer Experts
Jennifer Burt, Arthritis Health Professions Association