Research Participation

We are often looking for volunteers for research studies. If you would like to become a research subject, or would like more information, please call 1-877-437-1591 (toll-free in Ontario) or 416-323-6218.

Current studies looking for volunteers include the following:

Study of Arthritis in Your Community

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, disabling, and costly disease. For this reason, the Osteoarthritis Research Program at Women’s College Hospital is currently running The Study of Arthritis in Your Community to improve the lives of people living with this disease. This study would like to better understand the treatment options and information people are using to manage their osteoarthritis, and their opinions about these strategies. Also, this study would like to understand the current knowledge and attitudes people have about joint replacement surgery for arthritis. From this research, we will develop and test methods to improve peoples’ decision making about the medical and surgical treatments for osteoarthritis. In the end, we hope this research will help health policy makers properly decide when and in whom total joint replacement surgery should be recommended to patients.

The study, led by Dr. Gillian Hawker, is recruiting individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis to participate in a confidential two-part telephone interview. At your convenience, this interview will inform us about your opinions and concerns about current treatments as well as joint replacement surgery. Participants may be male or female, aged 45 and older, with painful osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and who have not yet had surgery nor on a waiting list for surgery.

The Nerve of Osteoarthritis Pain

Past research has shown that people with knee arthritis describe different types of pain or uncomfortable sensations, which may be associated with how sensitive they are to pain. Historically, OA pain has been presumed to be the result of tissue damage in the joint. More recently however, OA pain is being attributed not only to joint-tissue damage but to possible neurological (nerve-related) mechanisms.

Dr. Jacqueline Hochman is conducting a study that will measure sensation around the knee and palm of the hand in people aged 55 and over with knee osteoarthritis. It will take approximately 3 hours for completion of questionnaires and specialized physical examination. Information from this study will help us better understand the cause of pain in knee arthritis and how best to treat it.