I START: Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis​

The I START Tool is an education and conversation tool for co-developing muscle-strengthening exercise prescriptions for people with rheumatoid arthritis. To learn more and meet one of the patient partners involved in this work, watch this 4-minute video: ​


This video includes 30 minutes of content and 30 minutes of Q and A. You will learn about i) the benefits of strength training for people with rheumatoid arthritis, ii) Rheumatoid arthritis-specific barriers to strength training, iii) Exercise prescription strategies that consider disease symptoms and barriers​

Quick Guide Fact Sheet

This quick guide gives an overview of how to have a strength training conversation with your health and exercise professional and links you to key resources to learn more about strength training and sticking to it!​

Online Quick Guide Fact Sheet Client

Printable Quick Guide Fact Sheet Client

I START Prescription Form: Client

Complete the I START Prescription Form and share it with your health and exercise professional before your session. ​

Fill out this strength training journal to keep track of your progress and share it with your health and exercise professional.

Client Online Fillable Form

Client Printable Form

I START Prescription Form: Health and Exercise Professional

Send this link to your health and exercise professional and/or bring this form with you so you can create your exercise prescription together.​

HEP Online Fillable Form

HEP Printable Form

I START Exercise Videos

All of our recommended exercises are demonstrated by people living with rheumatoid arthritis with key coaching cues and ways to make the exercise harder or easier.​

Case Study: Sample Filled Questionnaire​

This sample filled questionnaire gives examples of information you may want to share with your health and exercise professional.

Case study: Sample Filled Exercise Prescription​

This sample filled exercise prescription gives examples of what your co-developed exercise action plan may look like.

Toolkit Contributors

Project lead: Jasmin Ma
Project team: Alison Hoens, Caitlin Chiu, Davin Hu, Diane Lacaille, Eileen Davidson, Heather Walker, Jon Collins, Karen Tsui, Keeva Duffey, Linda Li, Lisa Harris, Louella Sequiera, Marie Westby, Myah Sisson, Sadiq Jiwa, Shanon McQuitty

Funding and Support