I-START: Improving Strength Training and Tailoring among people with Rheumatoid ARThritis



Lift, love, live. Strength training that you enjoy for a healthier lifestyle

Having strong muscles is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis, but only up to 14% regularly do strength training exercises, even among those with well-controlled disease. Strength training has a lot of important benefits for people with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to reducing pain and fatigue, it also lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in this population. In the I START project, we want to find out what helps people with rheumatoid arthritis to take up strength training. Ultimately, this work will help develop effective strategies to empower people to take part in this type of activity in order to improve their health


The Program involves:

In collaboration with our Arthritis Patient Advisory Board members we will:

  • Summarize the research on a) how to increase strength training participation and b) how to customize physical activity prescriptions to the individual
  • Interview people with rheumatoid arthritis to gain a better understanding of how we can help promote strength training and write better physical activity prescriptions and
  • Based on what we find in steps 1 and 2, we will develop interventions to improve strength training participation and physical activity programs that fit the individual.

If you would like to take part in this study or seek more information, please contact:
Jasmin Ma at 604 207 4031 or Email: jma@arthritisresearch.ca

Funded by The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and The Arthritis Society


Principal Investigator:

Jasmin Ma, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arthritis Research Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Linda Li, PhD, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation, Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases, Arthritis Research Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada

Research Staff:

Stephanie Therrien, BA, Research Assistant, Arthritis Research Canada, Vancouver, Canada

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