Wellbeing and Healthy Lifestyle Program for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

About the research

This trial studies the impact of a 14 week resilience and healthy lifestyle program for people with RA.

Each participant will be randomly allocated to the healthy lifestyle program or given written information for a healthy lifestyle.

What's involved?

Those in the comparison group will receive written advice on managing RA and provide important information on living with RA

Those allocated to the program will attend weekly to fortnightly small group and individual sessions on wellbeing and resilience, healthy eating, exercise, smoking cessation and change support over 5 months.

Each participant will continue to receive their usual medical treatment and be asked to complete two assessments six months apart.  This includes

  • online questionnaires
  • wearing an activity monitor for one week
  • a phone interview and online food diary
  • measures of physical functioning and RA disease activity
  • measures of height, weight, waist circumference 

In person assessment and free program sessions are at Mt Gravatt (parking provided). 

How to participate

To get involved, please complete and submit the below form. By submitting this form, you agree to your responses to be provided to the research team. The research team will make contact with you to confirm your eligibility to participate in the research.

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Phone Number
Do you meet the following requirement for participation in the study (tick to confirm)?

For more information about the study, please contact the research team on di.arthritis@uq.edu.au or (07) 3443 6991. 

This research is being led by Arthritis Queensland Chair of Rheumatology, Professor Ranjeny Thomas and her research team. Learn more about Professor Thomas and her research

Your gift will help fund self-management courses, education seminars and will provide individual support for people living with arthritis.