Effectiveness of Online Physical Activity Monitoring in Inflammatory Arthritis (OPAM-IA): A new model of care


Participants Needed!


Being physically active has been shown to reduce pain and fatigue, improve mobility and enhance quality of life in people with arthritis, but many people with arthritis are not physically active.

In this study, we will test if a new physical activity program can help improve activity levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The program involves:


The program involves:

  1. A group education session on physical activity
  2. The use of Fitbit Flex with a new web application called FitViz
  3. Online/telephone counselling by a registered physiotherapist using FitViz


We will recruit 60 participants with RA and 60 participants with SLE in British Columbia. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to either start the program immediately or wait 2 months.

Participants will also be asked to complete assessments at the beginning, and at the end of 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months of the study. These assessments include an online questionnaire, and wearing another armband accelerometer for 7 days. At the end of the study, participants will be invited to take part in a phone interview about their opinion of the program.

For more information, please click here.


Principal Investigator
Dr. Linda Li

Lynne Feehan, Fraser Health
Antonio Aviña-Zubeita, University of British Columbia
Anne Townsend, University of British Columbia
Catherine Backman, University of British Columbia
Eli Puterman, University of British Columbia
Nick Bansback, University of British Columbia
Diane Gromala, Simon Fraser University
Chris Shaw, Simon Fraser University

Greg Noonan, Mary Pack Arthritis Program
Paul Adam, Mary Pack Arthritis Program
Dr. Leigh Callahan, Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Pam Montie, Arthritis Patient Advisory Board
Cherly Koehn, Arthritis Consumer Experts
Dr. John Esdaile, University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada
Dr. Kam Shojania, University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada
Dr. David Collins, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jason Kur, Pacific Arthritis Centre
Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, Vancouver General Hospital
Dr. Ken Blocka, University of British Columbia
Dr. Shahin Jamal, University of British Columbia

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