Partnering with your healthcare team

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

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

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

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

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. Michael Vallis

Photo from: Behaviour Change InstituteDr. Vallis is a registered Psychologist at Capital Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London and his main focus is in adult healthy psychology, with a clinical emphasis on diabetes, gastroenterology, cardiovascular risk and obesity. He developed the CDHA Behaviour Change Institute. The institute offers health care providers training and support in working with patients and clients who could benefit from assistance in changing unhealthy behaviour patterns. They have a training program for lifestyle counseling skills for physicians, nurses, dieticians and other healthcare providers.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Glen Hazlewood: Treatment preference

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

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Glen Hazlewood: Treatment preference of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis

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. Glen Hazlewood (from Arthritis Research Canada)

Picture of Glen HazlewoodDr. Glen Hazlewood is a practicing rheumatologist in Calgary and is currently working towards his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology through the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. His PhD co-supervisors are Dr. Deborah Marshall and Dr. Claire Bombardier. Continue reading

The Pharmacist: A key member of your healthcare team

Pharmacist Close upConsulting regularly with your healthcare team, including your doctor and pharmacist, is important for protecting your specific arthritis health issues. Physicians have the details of your medical history and the training to make a diagnosis and decision about your arthritis treatment.

Having said that, people see their pharmacists about eight times more often than their primary care physician. Pharmacists are important resources, based on the frequency that people with arthritis purchase over-the-counter treatments such as acetaminophen, nutritional supplements, splints, and prescription medications. Not only are pharmacists trained to prepare and dispense medications prescribed by physicians, they can also: Continue reading

Attention: Are you a person living with osteoarthritis (OA)?

Attention: Are you a person living with osteoarthritis (OA)?

Here’s an opportunity to attend a free workshop on models of care for OA.

Workshop BannerThe Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) is offering you an opportunity to participate in its upcoming Osteoarthritis Models of Care (OA MOC) workshop, as part of the AACs 2nd Annual Conference and Research Symposium. The two-hour, OA MOC workshop will take place in Toronto at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Saturday, November 1st, 10:30-am-12:30 pm. Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a “first come, first serve” basis.
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Occupational Therapy and Arthritis

Occupational Therapy and Arthritis – from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

What is Occupational Therapy?

Life is made up of meaningful everyday activities or occupations, such as walking the dog, gardening, preparing a meal, painting, doing the laundry and playing games. Occupations are part of life; they describe who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Occupations help bring meaning to life.

Businessman with a laptopWhen we cannot participate in daily occupations, due to injury, illness, disability or social and environmental circumstances, occupational therapists help find solutions to address the meaningful everyday activities of life. Occupational therapy also helps prevent disability or illness and enhances the way we participate in our communities and lives. Occupational therapy helps us engage in the occupation of living.

What is arthritis and what is the impact? 

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