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Summit Report Title PageThe Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) have convened a Health Providers Steering Committee to review the way health care is delivered in Canada. Among the criticisms of our health care system is that health care is designed from the provider’s point of view. Another critique is that nationally, delivery of care lacks coordination and integration between federal government, provinces, territories, and municipalities.

During the two summits (May 2012 and February 2013), the CMA, the CNA, and HEAL, together with patients, developed five foundations for integrated and effective health care for patients. They are: Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: Dr. Janis McCaffrey – Thoughts from a doctor living with lupus

Today’s interview features Dr. Janis McCaffrey, a general practitioner and person living with lupus in B.C. She shares her thoughts on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, social media in health care and immunization. Please note you should always consult your doctor and rheumatologist before starting a new treatment plan.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Chris Lyddell – Social media and the rheumatologist

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″: Dr. Chris Lyddell – Social media and the rheumatologist

Today’s interview features Dr. Christopher Lyddell, a rheumatologist from Grande Prairie, Alberta. Dr. Lyddell gives us insights on how to best optimize the use of social media in rheumatology from a rheumatologist and a patient’s point-of-view. How can we make social media work for us?

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Mr. Angelo Papachristos – Exercises for low back in arthritis

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Today’s interview features Mr. Angelo Papachristos, an advanced practice physiotherapist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Angelo talks about the difference between mechanical and inflammatory pain. He stresses on fitness conditioning and lifestyle management.

CRA Interview Series 2014: Dr. Dianne Mosher – Models of care development in Canada

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

Today’s interview features Dr. Dianne Mosher, Division Head of Rheumatology at the University of Calgary. In this interview, she talks about the models of care development in Canada.

GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor test to rule out arthritis

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A recent study suggests that GPs should not rely on rheumatoid factor (RF) test to rule out arthritis. Though RF test results are used in referral decisions, RF antibodies are only present in 8 out of 10 patients with arthritis and may not always show up in the early stages of the disease. Researchers found that people who received false negative test results waited over six weeks longer before being referred to an arthritis specialist. Continue reading