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
Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2015″ – Dr. Diane Lacaille: Rheumatologist care in rheumatoid arthritis
Today’s feature interview – Dr. Diane Lacaille
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.
Note answers in this interview are provided in French only. A translation will be provided in the next few weeks.
About Dr. Diane Lacaille
Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, in Vancouver. She practices rheumatology at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and she has a hospital appointment at Vancouver Hospital Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC). She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology track, at the University of British Columbia.
Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability, and 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, using a population-based cohort of RA for the province of BC.
About rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain. It is a disease process (like cancer or diabetes) where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy joints. It is a relatively common disease-approximately 300,000 or 1 in 100 Canadians get it-and is often devastating to a person’s body if not treated properly. The disease process causes swelling and pain in and around joints and can affect the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, and heart. Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands and feet. Other joints often affected include the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips. When moderate to severe, the disease reduces a person’s life span by as much as a dozen years.
Did you know that walking 10 blocks a day can help improve cognitive health and may even be good for joint health in the long term?
Canadian health consumers like you are developing a new app, called Walk 10 Blocks, that will help you and your friends become more physically active in your neighbourhood, and even make it fun! Continue reading
In this JointHealth™ monthly, we showcase research stories that demonstrate the value of collaboration between those who conduct research and those who use its results – consumers likes us, people living with arthritis.
- What “window of opportunity” and “treat-to-target” mean in rheumatology.
- The latest on what Canadian arthritis researchers are doing.
- The 2014 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Partnership Award: A partnership between public, private and patient groups.
- A summary of Arthritis Consumer Experts’ participation at the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting.
Celebrating arthritis research 2000-2015
Turn back the clock 15 years ago when Arthritis Consumer Experts was founded, when new research began to suggest that osteoarthritis started attacking joints long before middle age, even before a person experienced symptoms of pain and inflammation. A paradigm shift in arthritis understanding was occurring and would deeply impact patients and their families, government and employers. Back in 2000, the world for people with arthritis was on the verge of dramatic transformation based on this new research and with the introduction of biologic therapy for inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, a driver of indirect healthcare costs and a leading cause of work disability in Canada. Fast-forward to today and the scene looks much different. With well-trained Canadian researchers continuing to work and lead in collaboration with their counterparts around the world, the words “prevention” and “remission” are heard in rheumatology offices across the country. Pain is being reduced, quality of life is improving, and work disability is dropping in people with arthritis who would have done much worse had the knowledge from research not been utilized in their model of care.
This collection of stories highlights the significant impacts arthritis research can achieve. Although each is different, as a group, they exemplify the commitment of Canadian researchers to improving the health of Canadians living with arthritis……
Making arthritis news: Sharing the consumer perspective through the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) will be in Quebec City to attend the 2015 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting. The meetings, between Wednesday, February 4 and Saturday, February 7, bring rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from all over Canada together to learn about and share the latest advances in arthritis research and care. The meeting also occurs during one of the world’s largest winter carnivals – the Quebec Winter Carnival. Continue reading
Have you recently been recommended to take BIOLOGIC medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Arthritis Research Canada is looking for people with rheumatoid arthritis to test a new online tool that helps to make decisions about using biologic medications.
If you have been recommended to consider using a biologic by your doctor but have not started yet, Arthritis Research Canada invites you to participate in their study.
You may be eligible if you: Continue reading