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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are now living longer

Image of an angel statute to represent lower mortality rate in rheumatoid arthritis patientsA study published by researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are no longer facing a higher risk of death than the general population. The study analyzed mortality data and looked at death rates among RA patients versus deaths among a control group of the general population.

The study included an estimated 25,000 people. Patients were divided into two groups – the first one was those with RA cases diagnosed between the years 1996 and 2000 and the second group was those with RA cases diagnosed from 2001 to 2006. Researchers looked at and tracked doctor visit records and other patient information through the year 2010.

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The cost of non-adherence to prescribed medications

Pills and needles to portray medication nonadherenceAn article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine estimated that non-adherence resulted in approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, costing US health care system $100 and $289 billion a year.

The article reports that “studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed. The review found that for people who do take prescription medications, they only take about half the prescribed doses.

Researchers from Northwestern University found that one-third of kidney transplant patients don’t take their anti-rejection medications. Other studies show that 41 percent of heart attack patients don’t take their blood pressure medications and only 50 percent of children with asthma use their inhalers as prescribed.

In an article in the New York Times, Dr. Bruce Bender, co-director of the Centre for Health Promotion at National Jewish Health in Denver, explained: “When people don’t take the medications prescribed for them, emergency department visits and hospitalizations increase and more people die. Non-adherence is a huge problem, and there’s no one solution because there are many different reasons why it happens.”

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Modèles de soins pour les patients souffrant de polyarthrite rhumatoïde : une enquête internationale

Faisant partie d’un réseau international d’organisations de patients atteints de PR, Arthritis Consumer Experts vous invite à participer à une enquête mondiale portant sur des patients souffrant de PR et qui s’attachera à l’examen du diagnostic, du traitement et des soins reçus par ces patients pour leur polyarthrite rhumatoïde. L’objectif de cette enquête est de mieux comprendre, selon la perspective et l’expérience du patient, comment les « modèles de soins » actuels pour le traitement de la polyarthrite rhumatoïde se comparent, d’un pays à l’autre.

Global RA Network Survey/ enquête BannerVotre expérience et votre point de vue comptent beaucoup

Parce que vous êtes une personne atteinte de PR, partager votre expérience à propos des soins que vous recevez est d’une importante capitale. Grâce à votre aide, nous serons en mesure d’atteindre les objectifs de cette enquête et d’élaborer des programmes d’information et d’éducation susceptibles d’améliorer la perception des patients des modèles de soins offerts pour la PR afin d’obtenir les meilleurs résultats de traitement possible dans votre pays

Comment participer ?

Si vous acceptez de participer, vous devrez répondre à un questionnaire d’enquête qui exigera environ 10 minutes de votre temps. Tous les renseignements recueillis dans le cadre de cette enquête seront regroupés pour respecter la confidentialité et protéger votre anonymat.

Pour être admissible à participer à cette étude, vous devez :

  • être âgé(e) de 18 ans ou plus
  • recevoir des soins de santé au Canada
  • avoir accès à l’Internet

Nous vous remercions de bien vouloir considérer notre demande de participation à cette enquête. Votre participation permettra à d’autres personnes atteintes de PR dans votre pays d’en savoir plus sur les soins de santé qu’ils devraient recevoir.

Veuillez cliquer sur ce lien pour répondre au questionnaire.

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Canada’s arthritis consumer-patient organizations and groups to host Facebook and Twitter “Live” #CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner

Picture of a microphoneArthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) will be in Ottawa to attend the 2017 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Annual Scientific and Arthritis Health Professions Association Annual Meetings.

Powered by ACE and supported by representatives from the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada, Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, Canadian Spondylitis Association, and Patient Partners, Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) will be interviewing keynote speakers, meeting attendees, patients living with arthritis, and disease experts. We invite you to participate in the Facebook and Twitter “Live” event. Like, share and retweet the live interviews, send us your comments or questions through Facebook and Twitter during the interviews.

Join the conversation at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Facebook page or Twitter (@ArthritisNetwrk) feed using #CRArthritis. Interviews will take place from Wednesday, February 8th until 12:00 pm, Friday, February 10th.
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Denosumab maintains bone quality in rheumatoid arthritis

Japanese LanternsA recent study from Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo showed that denosumab inhibited the progression of bone erosion and increased bone mineral density (BMD) in Japanese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who were on methotrexate. This study confirmed the findings of an earlier study conducted in the U.S. and Canada.

The study followed 350 patients who have lived with RA for 6 months to less than 5 years’ duration. They were randomized to receive placebo or denosumab in doses of 60 mg every 6 months, every 3 months, or every 2 months. Participants were grouped together according to their glucocorticoid use and rheumatoid factor (RF) status at baseline. Throughout the study, they continued taking methotrexate at 6 to 16 mg/week and were treated with supplemental vitamin D and calcium. Researchers found that the changes from baseline in modified Sharp erosion score at 12 months were lower in the denosumab groups than in the placebo group. Continue reading

Arthritis’ devastating impact on young adults

young adultsA recent Canadian research published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that older adults with arthritis are less likely than young and middle-aged adults to report worse outcomes that include more pain, sleep disturbance, and impaired mental health. Regardless of age, the researchers stress the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment for all ages in order to prevent or minimize arthritis-related impairment.

The study examined and compared the physical and mental health effects of arthritis in older Canadian adults (75+ years) and younger adults (20-44, 45-64, and 65-74 years). Led by Siobhan O’Donnell, MSc, an epidemiology researcher at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention in Ottawa, the study analyzed poll data on 4,565 respondents from the arthritis component of the 2009 Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada (a cross-sectional follow-up survey to the larger 2008 Canadian Community Health Survey). The survey looked at the following: Continue reading