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Arthritis is a growing issue for the Canadian healthcare system. Currently, over 4.6 million Canadian adults (Canadian population: 34.9 million) are living with arthritis. This number is expected to balloon to 7.5 million by the year 2036. Arthritis predominately affects women, as they represent two of every three Canadians living with arthritis. The economic impact of this chronic condition cannot be understated; the cost of healthcare and lost productivity is estimated to be $33 billion each year [1].

Arthritis is comprised of over 100 distinct conditions. Common symptoms of arthritis include pain, achiness, stiffness, and swelling in and around joints. These symptoms have a profound effect on quality of life, function, and independence [1]. Occupational therapy strives to promote and enable an inclusive society so that all of its members may participate to their full potential in all of life’s occupations (i.e. activities of daily living, productivity, and leisure). The goal of creating the Stickler was to enable individuals with arthritis to independently access public washrooms by providing a way to secure public washroom stall doors, regardless of the type of built-in lock.

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