May 29, 2020 | CATCH Research - What we learned in 2019

The Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort (also called CATCH for short) is a research study happening at many places in Canada and that seeks to improve the quality of care for people living with early inflammatory arthritis. There are over 3,300 participants in CATCH who make it possible – some have even been part of CATCH for over 10 years! CATCH is the only national early arthritis study that is following people over time and watching their arthritis and its response to treatments.

Each year, CATCH's research team presents research results at rheumatology conferences. This document is a summary of their most recent presentations for you in easy to understand language.

Mar 29, 2020 | Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources

We've put together these credible and trustworthy resources for you about coronavirus disease (COVID-19). There are resources for people who live with arthritis and for clinicians. Some of these resources are generally about COVID-19 and others are more specific to arthritis and COVID-19. By clicking on each of these you will be taken to the organization's website on COVID-19.

Government of Canada Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

World Health Organization

Resources from Patient Organizations and Health Charities


Arthritis Consumer Experts

Arthritis Society

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance

Cassie and Friends


Arthritis Foundation


Rheumatology Associations

American College of Rheumatology

British Society for Rheumatology

Canadian Rheumatology Association

European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) - for patients 

Nov 04, 2019 | CATCH has joined Twitter!

CATCH is now sharing information and evidence-based resources through its Twitter account, @earlyarthritis. We hope you'll give us a follow there.

Aug 12, 2019 | CATCH's YouTube Channel!

CATCH has a brand new YouTube channel where we've loaded over 30 videos to tell you about the CATCH research study, share the experiences of people who live with RA (some of whom are participants in CATCH), and also have other topics for you to learn more about RA in general and how to best you manage your RA.

The link below is to Dr. Vivian Bykerk's video that explains the CATCH research study. 

To watch other videos on the YouTube channel, hover over the top left-hand corner of this video, and click on the CATCH icon. This will take you to the CATCH YouTube Channel, or you can also do so by clicking on this link.

Apr 01, 2017 | Early Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis is Key

This article contains lots of good information about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including why getting a diagnosis and starting treatment early helps people who live with RA. Dr. Vivian Bykerk, CATCH's Chair and Director, is quoted and talks about research that is underway to help learn more about treatment approaches.

If you think you are experiencing some of the symptoms described in the article, please visit our screening tool that will help you determine if you should see a doctor about your symptoms.

Mar 31, 2017 | Awards in 2017

CATCH is proud to inform you about recognition that its research has received in the form of awards in 2017:

  • 2017 Arthritis Health Professional Association Carolyn Thomas Award for the Best Scientific Abstract: Dr. Susan J Barlett for her abstract entitled "Smoking and Excess Weight Attenuate Rate of Improvement over First 3 Years in Early RA: Results from the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort (CATCH)"
  • 2017 Canadian Rheumatology Association for the Best Research Abstract by Young Faculty (Pediatric): Dr. Lily Lim for her abstract entitled: "Longitudinal Trajectories of the Weighted Lansbury Articular Indices and Standard Joint Counts Are Similarly Correlated with Trajectories of Physical Function in Early Inflammatory Arthritis"
Jun 01, 2016 | Dr. Carter Thorne & Ms. Carrie Barnes on Managing RA (click here to see video)

Dr. Carter Thorne, who is a CATCH research and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and his patient, Carrie Barnes, talk about the importance of managing RA.