2014 Grant Awards

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

Improving patient outcome in Rheumatoid Arthritis may require a deeper understanding of medication adherence

Principal Investigator: Bell, M. (PDF)
Co-investigators: Goldsmith, C.; Sandhu, S.; Lathia, N.; Sweezie, R.

Project Summary

Lack of adherence is a problem in rheumatology as several studies have reported poor adherence among patients, therefore it is necessary to monitor medication adherence in rheumatology.  Currently, the most commonly used medication adherence measure is the 19-item Compliance Questionnaire Rheumatology but, to ease burden on patients, shorter, easy-to-use, outcome measures are needed.  We are currently examining validity and reliability of 2 self-report adherence measures in a sample of patients with RA in a clinical setting.  We are also investigating how self-report of medication adherence correlates with other measures, such as disease activity and quality of life.

Oral Presentations

Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Lake Louise, Alberta, February 17-20, 2016, Sweezie R, Bell MJ, Goldsmith CH, Chiu I, Gutlin A, Sandhu S.  Reliability Analysis of Two Short Medication Adherence Questionnaires in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Poster Presentations

Presented at the 2015 American College of Rheumatology meeting.