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Exploring the Learning Needs of Individuals With Inflammatory Arthritis From the Perspectives of Patients, Family Members and Friends, and Health Care Providers: Patient Perspectives (Focus Groups)

This study has been completed.
Canadian Arthritis Network
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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier:
First received: January 26, 2009
Last updated: January 6, 2011
Last verified: January 2011
Inflammatory arthritis (IA) is a major cause of long-term disability. Due to specialist shortages, failure of primary care providers and individuals to recognize the disease, and lack of awareness of the importance of early intervention, delays to rheumatologic care are common. Peer support models have been used for various health issues and may be one method to assist individuals with early IA to manage their disease and cope with stress. Qualitative research methods (focus groups) will seek out feedback on a peer support approach and explore the learning needs (informational needs, educational preferences) and opinions about emotional and appraisal support of individuals living with IA, from the perspectives of patients. The data will be analyzed and expressed themes (articulated needs and understandings of interviewee context) will guide the future development of a peer support intervention.


Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Exploring the Learning Needs of Individuals With Inflammatory Arthritis From the Perspectives of Patients, Family Members and Friends, and Health Care Providers: Patient Perspectives (Focus Groups)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • learning needs (informational needs and educational preferences) [ Time Frame: Baseline ]

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with inflammatory arthritis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients for focus groups:

    1. Have a diagnosis of IA from a physician;
    2. Able to participate in a one to two hour focus group session;
    3. 18 years of age or older;
    4. English-speaking; and,
    5. Able to get to the focus group session.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00832676

Canada, Ontario
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Canadian Arthritis Network
Principal Investigator: Mary J Bell, MD, FRCPC Division of Reumatology
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Responsible Party: Dr. Mary J. Bell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier: NCT00832676     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DOCH2 447-2008
Study First Received: January 26, 2009
Last Updated: January 6, 2011

Keywords provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:
Mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative)
Peer support
Early inflammatory arthritis
Patient education

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017