The RA Joint Self-Exam Study

Help researchers understand the value of joint self-assessment in RA

About The Study

Can a joint self-assessment for your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) give useful information to your rheumatologist?

The RA Joint Self-Exam Study is a research study for people with RA to understand if joint self-exams provide information that can be used by doctors in RA care and monitoring. The aim of this study is to see if patient participants are able to do their own joint exam with guidance. Patient participants will self-assess the number of tender and swollen joints they have and compare their self-assessment to the in-person joint exam done by their rheumatologist. This study may help to provide future RA patients with access to better care if they are not able to see a rheumatologist in person. To participate in this study, you will need to become a member of ArthritisPower and use the ArthritisPower app, either on a smartphone, tablet or computer. The app will guide you through your self-assessment of tender and swollen joints.

To participate in this study you must:

Be a U.S. resident

Be an adult, age 19 or older

Be diagnosed by a physician with rheumatoid arthritis

Have a smartphone, tablet or computer to take health assessments

Have registered a valid e-mail address with ArthritisPower

Be willing to complete a joint self-assessment within 1 to 7 days before your in-office visit

This is what you’re expected to do.

Your participation in this study will last no more than 7 days and will include one study visit at the time of your already scheduled in-person visit. Prior to the in-office visit, you will be asked to use the ArthritisPower app to complete the following:

Brief survey assessments for your RA and its symptoms: physical function, fatigue, pain interference, social activities, disease activity and flare

Joint self-assessment

These assessments will take about 15 minutes total to complete. We recommend you complete your assessments within 1 to 3 days of your in-office visit. Please do not complete the assessments more than 7 days before your visit.


Participants who complete the study will receive a compensation value of $50, which will be given to them by their doctor’s office after their in-office visit.


The RA Joint Self-Exam Study

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The co-principal investigators of this study are:

Swamy Venturupalli, MD, FACR

Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MS, MPH

Ben Nowell, PhD, MSW

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions about participating in the study.

Sponsor     Arthritis Power     Advisor

Email us at simi@illumination.health or call us at 205-578-8565.

By Phone:


Ben Nowell, Principal Investigator at Global Healthy Living Foundation, CreakyJoints

By Phone:


An institutional review board (IRB) is an independent committee established to help protect the rights of research subjects. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, and/or concerns or complaints regarding this research study, contact:

By Mail:

Study Subject Adviser

Advarra IRB

6940 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 110

Columbia, MD 21046

By Phone Toll Free:


Please reference the following number when contacting the Study Subject Adviser: Pro00065132