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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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Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s AGM & Research Symposium

AAC Symposium PosterThe Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) Annual General meeting and Research Symposium will be held this Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23 at the Delta Lodge Hotel at Kananaskis, Alberta. The Symposium, entitled “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”, will look ahead at promising approaches for future studies, and identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities.

The AAC workshops will focus on building capacity in research and healthcare sustainability. The programme will bring together scientists, engineers, healthcare providers, trainees, specialists, key stakeholders and most importantly, people living with arthritis.

On Thursday evening, guests will attend “Dr. Cy Frank and The Rocky Mountain Pioneers”, a special gala tribute dinner to honour the accomplishments and legacy of Dr. Cy Frank, who was a talented orthopaedic surgeon, skilled researcher, policy maker, and champion for patient. The winner for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award will also be announced. This prestigious award is given to a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work.

ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results

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ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results: Where the parties stand on arthritis health issues

One of the longest federal election campaigns in Canadian history is heading for the home stretch in a tight contest between the three major parties. To help you understand where the Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Liberal Party of Canada stand on important issues for Canadians living with arthritis, ACE asked the major parties to complete a survey. The Conservative Party is the only party that did not respond.

Here is a summary of responses to ACE’s survey from the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. You can review the ACE survey results in full here.

Does your party think standardized models of arthritis care is necessary? If so, what should the key components of this model be?
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JointHealth™ monthly – September 2015

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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

JointHealth™ monthly – Dr. Cy Frank

Canada loses healthcare leader and arthritis patient champion

Dr. Cy Frank pictureApril’s JointHealth™ monthly celebrates the life of Dr. Cy Frank – orthopaedic surgeon, scientific researcher, teacher, mentor, entrepreneur, health-system administrator, policy maker, patient champion, and friend of many in the arthritis community.

In this JointHealth™ monthly, you will also find:

  • A chronology of Dr. Frank’s career achievements
  • Dr. Frank: Researcher and Innovator
  • A leader’s commitment to healthcare system reform and meaningful patient involvement

ACE goes to Saskatoon for the 2015 CADTH Symposium

ACE goes to Saskatoon for the 2015 CADTH Symposium

Making arthritis news: Sharing the latest from the Paris of the Prairies 

CADTH 2015 PosterArthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) will be in Saskatoon, the “Paris of the Prairies”, to attend the 2015 CADTH Symposium at TCU Place. The meeting, between Sunday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 14, will bring together producers and users of evidence-based information on drugs and health technologies to learn about, collaborate and share the latest advances in health research and care.  Each year, the symposium attracts an estimated 650 delegates from key sectors, including Health Technology Assessment (HTA) producers, health economists, government, universities, healthcare providers, industry and patient groups.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Michel Zummer (From Arthritis Alliance of Canada)

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Dr. Michel Zummer received his M.D. from Université Laval, in Ste-Foy, Quebec, and internal medicine and rheumatology training at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Continue reading

Hat’s off to surgeon and innovator Cy Frank

The recent passing of surgeon and innovator Cy Frank cast a grey shadow over Canada’s health care community. Dr. Frank was the President and CEO of Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS), which funds research and promotes innovation in the health system. On March 5, he died in his sleep of a heart attack, at the age of 65.

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Tom Noseworthy, associate chief medical officer for clinical networks and clinical care pathways at Alberta Health Services, said: “Cy was a visionary leader with a constant, unrelenting commitment to the greater good. It was his preoccupation – obsession even – to make the health system better, and he did.”

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CRA Interview Series 2015 – Mr. Mark Warwas: Femoroacetabular Impingement

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Mr. Mark Warwas: Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) in Indigenous Population: Prevalence, Physical Functioning, Quality of Life, and Health Care Utilization

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks. Continue reading