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ACR News: A more human(ities) approach to arthritis healthcare

Picture of a painting with flowers on itThe humanities come in many forms – literature, music, art, drama – and provide us perspective on what it means to be human. They can also provide benefits for patients and their healthcare professionals, said American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting keynote speaker, Dr. Paulette Hahn, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida.

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JointHealth™ Survey on BC PharmaCare policy

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JointHealth™ Survey on BC PharmaCare policy

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is asking for your valuable feedback on new BC PharmaCare policy.

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is asking for your valuable feedback on new BC PharmaCare policy. Gathering your views is very important to the advocacy work that we do on your behalf.

This survey includes 13 questions for people living with arthritis and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation will be anonymous and the results will be pooled for analysis to assure your complete privacy. Your responses will in no way impact on your health care or public health insurance coverage.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important survey. Your feedback helps us to improve the quality and relevance of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ work.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at: feedback@jointhealth.org.

Canada’s first measures of performance in treating inflammatory arthritis

Performance meterA team of researchers has developed Canada’s first set of systematic measures for tracking how well or poorly health systems are doing in providing services to people who have inflammatory arthritis (IA), a potentially crippling disease that is on the rise in Canada.

The researchers developed six key measures for gauging access to specialist care and initiation of treatment for people with IA, a disease grouping that includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. The work is described in March issue of The Journal of Rheumatology.

People who receive early diagnosis and start of treatment have a better chance of responding well and avoiding permanent joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common form of IA. There is a growing body of evidence that early detection and treatment are also crucial to good outcomes for people who have other types of IA. Continue reading

Arthritis in Saskatchewan – Surveying SK electoral candidates

Arthritis in Saskatchewan – Surveying Saskatchewan electoral candidates
Saskatchewan Election Banner for ACE

 

Do you have a burning question you would like to ask?

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asks Saskatchewan’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

Arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 150,000 Saskatchewan residents aged 15 years and above. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and work disability in Saskatchewan. About a quarter of the population with arthritis between 20 and 54 years of age in Saskatchewan were not in the labour force because of their arthritis, costing Saskatchewan’s economy more than $640 million in productivity losses.

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The Power of the Patient

Exploring Patient-Centered Care in Inflammatory Arthritis

Two women talkingA research team at the University of British Columbia is exploring experiences of people who have inflammatory arthritis dealing with their healthcare team. A healthcare team may include healthcare professionals, loved ones, and other caregivers.

The team is looking for patients who are:

  1. age 18 years or older
  2. live within the Greater Vancouver area
  3. can understand and speak English
  4. have been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other spondyloarthropathies, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and pseudo-gout, lupus, connective tissue disorders)
  5. have been diagnosed within the last two and a half (2.5) years

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ACE Recognizes Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis for 2015

Simon Fraser University, L’Oréal Canada and High Liner Foods lead the way for best arthritis workplace practices in Canada

Canadian employers, working with their private health insurers, are increasingly looking for ways to promote patient-focused prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease as part of a health and wellness program for employees. To recognize the best arthritis practices and most innovative initiatives to raise arthritis awareness, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) announced the winners of its second annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.

Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, ACE is awarding these Canadian companies for their best arthritis practices in the workplace and commitment to investing in employee health and well-being:

  • Large workplace – Simon Fraser University
  • Medium workplace – L’Oréal Canada
  • Small workplace – High Liner Foods

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