It’s time to see your rheumatologist and specialist. Please have your recorder, pens and paper ready.
A study published in Psychological Science provides two hypotheses as to why note-taking is beneficial in a classroom setting. The first hypothesis is called encoding hypothesis, which says that when a person is taking notes, “the processing that occurs” will improve “learning and retention.” The second hypothesis is called the external-storage hypothesis – you learn by being able to look back at your notes, or even the notes of other people.
The same concepts can be applied to your medical appointments and is currently practiced by Dr. James Ryan, a family physician in Ludington, Michigan. With his patients’ approval, Dr. Ryan records their appointments, then uploads the audio file to a secure web platform for his patients. The recordings are annotated so that patients can easily search for specific topics in the conversation. Patients will be empowered and engaged in their own healthcare because they will have a reference of what was discussed. They can give family members access to the recordings as well.
A checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading →
Yesterday, our community, and all of Canadian health care, lost a giant in Dr. Cyril Frank.
Cy was a hero to many. His surgical skills and bedside manner restored his patients’ lives. He gave each and every one unparalleled care and years of renewed happiness and quality of life.
Picture from the University of Calgary
To his colleagues, Cy was regarded as nothing short of brilliant. His thoughtful, innovative approach to reform Canadian health care was both effective and inspiring. No challenge was too big for Cy, and he encouraged others to think that way, too. He was strategic, inclusive, kind and funny.
Most important to informed consumers/patients volunteers was his willingness to champion our inclusion at decision-making tables in research and at government. He believed to his core that the patient voice and experience must help drive, along with clinical and scientific expertise, the innovation required to improve the Canadian health care system
Prestigious award bestowed on a Senior Scientist from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, ACE’s Scientific Director
Howard B. Stein created the Division of Rheumatology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and served as Division Head at St. Paul’s until his myelofibrosis made it impossible for him to continue his work as a rheumatologist. He was an honorary professor, rheumatologist, political advocate and ambassador for world peace. Stein was known as a “Great One” in the rheumatology community. The St. Paul’s Hospital Howard B. Stein Award is bestowed to someone who is a leader in the rheumatology community. Continue reading →
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A recent study suggests that GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor (RF) test to rule out arthritis. Though RF test results are used in referral decisions, RF antibodies are only present in 8 out of 10 patients with arthritis and may not always show up in the early stages of the disease. Researchers found that people who received false negative test results waited over six weeks longer before being referred to an arthritis specialist. Continue reading →
Each year, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada’s Consumer Advisory Board hosts interactive and educational public forums called “Reaching Out with Arthritis Research” (ROAR). This series of events is a way of sharing and discussing research findings with patients and the public. We are happy to announce that the latest ROAR, “Does a Google a Day Keep the Doctor Away?”, will take place in Vancouver on Saturday, November 30th. You can join us to hear Patients, Researchers, Ethicists, a Rheumatologist and a Family Physician speak about the benefits and burdens of online health information and other electronic health tools. Continue reading →
While Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) was in Ottawa this year for the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, we interviewed rheumatologists (arthritis specialists), including Dr. Andy Thompson. In this video, he tells us about a website – called rheuminfo.com – that he was instrumental in developing and about how he uses social media.
Last week, readers of the New York Times were invited to submit questions regarding rheumatoid arthritis. Over 100 questions were submitted for Dr. Vivian P. Bykerk, a friend of Cheryl Koehn of Arthritis Consumer Experts. Dr. Bykerk is a rheumatologist with 20 years of experience. She is also the director of research at the Inflammatory Arthritis Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Bykerk provided answers to questions in three areas of concentration: medication, diet and research and trends. The questions and answers can be found here on the New York Times website. Below are three questions and answers, one from each corresponding category, that we believe are of importance to our readers.
Q. I am 66, recently given a diagnosis of R.A. Was put on methotrexate/prednisone/folic acid. Am currently being weaned off prednisone. What are the long-term effects of methotrexate on the body? — globro, New York Continue reading →
Exercise and baby boomers are the perfect match. Today’s baby boom generation, (born between 1946 and 1965) are the most physically active senior generation in history. In order to keep up their healthy lifestyles and youthful attitudes, baby boomers need to immediately take steps toward early diagnosis and prevention of arthritis.
A recent study of 614 resident doctors-in-training found that during residency, these doctors ate fewer meals, ate high-fat meals, slept less, and exercised less. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Kam Shojania, the Head of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, said this scenario happened to him when he was a resident. Now, he is noticing it in his trainees.
Photo credit: Martin Dee
In a post titled “Drop and give me 20“, Dr. Shojania says, ““I started wondering, ‘Why am I more energetic than the residents who are younger than me? They look stressed and tired. And it’s just not right. I’m 20 years older than they are!” He adds: “It’s a shame to see that, because we have to practice what we preach. Physicians who exercise themselves are much more likely to recommend exercise to patients.” Continue reading →
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) would like to congratulate Dr. Diane Lacaille, a long-standing leader in the arthritis community, for her recent award. Dr. Lacaille was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in Ottawa on Wednesday February 13th during the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting.
Awardees must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada
Dr. Diane Lacaille is an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, in Vancouver.