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Arthritis Consumer Experts Awards Government of Yukon and Université de Montréal as Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

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After its fourth annual search across Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) today announced the winners of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis award: the Government of Yukon and Université de Montréal.

ACE is highly supportive of Canadian employers’ efforts to develop policies to ensure high quality health benefits and flexible work arrangements for Canadian workers living with arthritis. For workers with chronic diseases such as arthritis, the challenge involves balancing the demands of managing their disease and of working ‘around’ symptoms such as daily pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction and immobility.

“Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of work disability in Canada,” said Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President, Arthritis Consumer Experts. “Managing challenges at work is an important element of disease management for employees living with arthritis. We’re calling on all plan sponsors in Canada to look carefully at their health benefit plans from the perspective of employees living with arthritis.”

Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, the Government of Yukon and Université de Montréal stood out for their supportive work environments highlighted by chronic disease awareness, high quality benefits, wellness programs and prevention practices.

“Supporting all our employees to fully participate in the workplace makes for a more engaged workforce and ultimately better service to the Yukon public. That is why the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is of paramount importance. We provide flexible working hours, a robust benefits program, and workplace accommodations to help our employees safely stay at work and maintain a healthy work-life balance,” said Ms. Pamela Muir, Public Service Commissioner, the Government of Yukon.
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Osteoarthritis, insomnia, and depression

Close up head shot of a woman sleepingOn World Suicide Prevention Day, learn more about the connection between osteoarthritis, insomnia, and depression. According to a recent study published in Arthritis Care & Research, pain, insomnia and depression were the main reasons for people living with osteoarthritis (OA) to schedule a visit with their doctor.

The study consisted of 2,976 people and half the participants had at least one of three symptoms: pain, insomnia, and depression. An estimated 34 percent of the patients studied experienced insomnia and 29 percent had depression, in addition to moderate to severe pain.

Dr. Minhui Liu is the lead author of the study and a research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore. His team found that among patients with osteoarthritis, about 47 percent of them reported moderate to severe pain, 17 percent clinical insomnia, and 21 percent clinical depression. In addition, about 13 percent of participants experienced moderate to severe pain and clinical insomnia at the same time, and 13 percent experienced moderate to severe pain and clinical depression at the same time.  Continue reading

JointHealth™ insight – September 2018: Where is Arthritis? – Everywhere!

Cover photo for JointHealth insightArthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) releases a special edition of JointHealth™ insight for Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada: “Where is arthritis? – Everywhere.” Arthritis is everywhere and can affect patients’ jobs, financial resources, academic studies or relationships with family and friends. There are now more than 6 million people of all ages, living with more than 100 separate types of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases in Canada. Arthritis can generally be categorized into two types: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. This issue of JointHealth™ insight provides evidence-based information on strategies to help change, overcome or manage the challenges arthritis patients face, including:

  • A guide to living well with osteoarthritis including information on the disease, diagnosis and self-care
  • Back-to-school tips for students living with inflammatory arthritis
  • How to participate in our #WhereIsArthritis social media campaign

Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada: Arthritis Consumer Experts’ #WhereIsArthritis social media campaign

#WhereIsArthritis Banner graphicArthritis Consumer Experts is celebrating Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada with the #WhereIsArthritis social media campaign. #WhereIsArthritis is a fun way for you to familiarize yourself with Arthritis Consumer Experts’ online resources, which are designed to help you live a better life with arthritis. By participating, you are creating awareness about arthritis while educating yourself and others about the many different types of diseases, and showing your support for people living with it.

Every day from Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, you will:

  • Find a #WhereIsArthritis question and hint on ACE’s Twitter (@ACEJointHealth) and Facebook (@ACEJointHealth) account
  • Find and tweet, Facebook post or email the answer to us – Be sure to include the #WhereIsArthritis hashtag!

Sample #WhereIsArthritis question and answer:

Question: Q1: What are four non-medication treatments listed on the ACE website? Hint: See “About Arthritis” http://bit.ly/2xs5Ik5 #WhereIsArthritis
Answer: Hey @ACEJointHealth, the answer is: vitamins and minerals, diet and nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy! #WhereIsArthritis

To participate, please follow #WhereIsArthritis on our Twitter account @ACEJointHealth and Facebook account Arthritis Consumer Experts. Help us drive arthritis awareness in September:

  • like, retweet, and reply on Twitter using #WhereIsArthritis; or,
  • like, comment, and share on Facebook using #WhereIsArthritis; or,
  • email your answers to feedback@jointhealth.org with subject heading #WhereIsArthritis

Each time you do any of the above from your personal social media account, your name will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card. The draw will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and the winner will be notified by direct message or email.

Let’s find #WhereIsArthritis resources together!

Reminder: Call for nominations – Help us celebrate community leaders living with arthritis!

Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? We encourage you to help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.

Qualman-Davies Award SlideThe Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

To submit a nomination, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form
  2. Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document
  4. Submit the form to feedback@jointhealth.org

The application deadline is September 20, 2018. Each submission will be reviewed by the award adjudication committee and scored using a points system. The winner and their nominator will be notified by October 2, 2018. The award will be announced at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2018 Annual Meeting Reception taking place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

JointHealth™ insight – Summer 2018

English JointHealth insight front cover pageSmart Design for People Living with Arthritis

In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, we look at how smart choices in our living environments can make your arthritis experience easier, safer, and less painful, providing you solutions on how to modify your home or work environment.

In this issue, you will learn about:

  • Smart design solutions for home: Around the house, bedroom, dressing, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, dining room, living room, and foyer
  • Smart design solutions for work: Desk and work schedule
  • The importance of educating co-workers and employers about arthritis

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Participants needed for research in quality of care for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation

Have you had a hip or knee replacement in the last 4 months? Are you interested in being able to give feedback on the quality of rehabilitation care you received?

Picture of health care professional assessing hip and kneeYou are invited to take part in a study to pilot test a new questionnaire on the quality of rehabilitation care after joint replacement surgery.

Your feedback will help us to develop a patient-friendly questionnaire that will be included in an online toolkit of print and web-based resources that help people having joint replacement surgery participate in their own care and track the quality of rehab received.

You can participate if you:

  • Had a primary (first time) total hip or knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis (OA) in the past 4 months
  • Have almost finished or just finished your supervised rehabilitation
  • Are 19 years of age or older
  • Speak and read English
  • Are comfortable using a computer

What does participation involve?

  • Complete a series of short online questionnaires and “think aloud” so a researcher can note any questions or issues you experience
  • Share your views about the online questionnaires during a short (45-minute) small group discussion immediately afterwards. Group discussions are currently planned for:
    • Thursday, August 23rd 10-11: 30 am and 1-2: 30 pm
    • Thursday, August 30th 10-11: 30 am

For more information about this Study please contact:
Paul Drexler

Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-675-2578 or
E-mail: equip@hiphealth.ca

Honorarium, refreshments & parking provided!

Please take the development survey for an “Osteoarthritis (OA) Information Tool for Patients”

The Osteoarthritis (OA) Information Tool for Patients will be a valuable information and education resource for people experiencing early or established hand, knee and/or hip OA.

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Centre for Effective Practice need your help to inform the development of a new and valuable information and education resource for people experiencing early or established hand, knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. The Osteoarthritis (OA) Information Tool for Patients will assist patients in having better conversations with their doctor or other health care professional(s) by informing them about the care they can expect to receive.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation will be anonymous. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thank you for your time and help!

Sincerely,

Arthritis Consumer Experts

Call for nominations: Help us celebrate community leaders living with arthritis!

Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? We encourage you to help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.

Qualman-Davies Award Slide

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

To submit a nomination, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form
  2. Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document
  4. Submit the form to feedback@jointhealth.org

The application deadline is September 20, 2018. Each submission will be reviewed by the award adjudication committee and scored using a points system. The winner and their nominator will be notified by October 2, 2018. The award will be announced at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2018 Annual Meeting Reception taking place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

EULAR News – June 22, 2018: A final observation from this year’s EULAR meeting

EULAR News – June 22, 2018

A final observation from this year’s EULAR meeting
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A final observation from this year’s EULAR meeting encouraging to all patients is the emphasis many sessions had on the importance of patient participation and partnerships for achieving research outcomes that are relevant to the actual patients. Many presentations clearly communicated that no matter how complicated the research or how brilliant the researcher, patients can always offer unique, invaluable insights.

Experience in Europe and North America has shown that patient advice when designing, implementing and disseminating research outcomes makes studies more effective, more credible and possibly even more cost efficient.
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