2014 Grant Awards

The posters and papers listed below each grant arise from work facilitated through the grant funding.

Measuring the Impact of an Innovative Educational Intervention in Inflammatory Arthritis: A Natural Evolution of the CHU de Québec’s Multidisciplinary Information Session

Principal Investigator:  Michou, L.
Co-investigators: Witteman, H; Fortin, P; Légaré, J; Ikic, A; Bessette, L; Chetaille, A

Project Summary

Patients with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis need to know what to do in case of side effects or in emergency situations. Finding accurate information about arthritis, adapted to the Quebec health care system, is not easy for francophone patients, and many patients in Quebec live far from specialty care. In this project, we developed an education program for patients with rheumatoid arthritis living in Eastern Quebec and we tested whether our intervention, consisting of a forty-minute educational DVD followed by a teleconference with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers, improved behavioural intentions and knowledge at three months after the intervention and whether acquired knowledge was retained up to six months after the intervention.

Our preliminary analysis on 98 participants who completed the educational intervention showed that the educational DVD followed by a support teleconference improved the participants’ self-care safety skills in practical situations although the educational intervention had no significant impact on behavioural intentions or beliefs about medicines.

The preliminary data generated by this project will be used to further develop an innovative project in patient education, a massive open online course (MOOC) at Université Laval, designed for rheumatology patients and their caregivers. When the educational content of the DVD and teleconference is updated, both tools will be made available to the health professionals to be used in daily rheumatology care.

Oral Presentations

Measuring the Impact of an Innovative Educational Intervention in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Laetitia Michou, Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, February 27-March 2, 2019.