September is Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada. In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) looks at Models of Care for Inflammatory Arthritis to improve the way healthcare is delivered to patients by the health policy decision makers, rheumatologists, allied health professionals and other health care providers who care for them.
Below are highlights from this month’s newsletter:
- What is an inflammatory arthritis model of care
- The foundation of modernizing IA care in Canada
- The role of IA patients in the development of a pan-Canadian approach to inflammatory arthritis models of care
- Models of care infographic
Labour Day celebrates the achievements of workers. It originated with the labour union movement which called for eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. It is important that we acknowledge workplace safety, especially for your joints, in order to foster workplace achievements, retain qualified workers, and optimize work productivity.
Certain jobs put your joints at higher risk of getting arthritis, such as those that require you to make the same repetitive motions daily. In an interview with Everyday Health, Erik Gail, MD, professor of clinical medicine in the rheumatology section and interim director of the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, said: “Anything that puts unhealthy strains or stresses on the joints can cause arthritis.” Below is a list of jobs that may increase your risk for arthritis if you don’t take the necessary arthritis prevention strategies. Continue reading
Government of BC awards ARC $3 million for arthritis research. Left to right: Ron McKerrow, ARC Board Chair; Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health; Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director ARC; Minister Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, Speaker of the House & MLA, Richmond East
The Government of BC donates $3 million for arthritis research.
The Government of British Columbia’s Health Minister, Terry Lake, made an incredible announcement during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon: $3 million dollars will go to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) to help further developments in arthritis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
As a disease that encompasses more than 100 forms, arthritis is the leading cause of disability. For this reason, its impact on the Canadian economy is estimated to be $33 billion each year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. During the announcement, Minister Lake said “With this investment, our government aims to help the Arthritis Research Centre continue to improve the lives of British Columbians living with arthritis, as well as reduce the burden arthritis puts on our healthcare system.” Continue reading
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“People living with arthritis have a right to be heard,” says Fran, because “treating arthritis is a two-way street.”
September is Arthritis Awareness Month so I thought it appropriate that I scheduled a rheumatologist appointment to follow up some routine tests to check my physical wellbeing (bone density, blood work, etc.). In the waiting room I was pleased to see that my rheumy had displayed the new Arthritis Patient Charter created by the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) with the support of Arthritis Consumer Experts, The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Spondylitis Association, to name a few partners. Continue reading
September is Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada. To celebrate arthritis awareness, Arthritis Broadcast Network highlights some of the best advocates and supporters of arthritis.
Throughout the month of September, we will be profiling people who have been making a difference in the arthritis world. We will be profiling researchers, bloggers, and individuals living with the disease. These are our “Arthritis Superheroes”.
To start off our “Arthritis Superheroes” series, ABN wants to share with you the Arthritis Patient Charter. Continue reading