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Submitted by jctink on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:28pm

IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

Researchers in the McCaig Institute work with the Alberta Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute to improve health services throughout the province.  From exploring ways to reduce wait times, improving access to care and providing reliable tools to help policy makers make informed decisions, McCaig researchers are helping patients receive the care they need.

Arthritis care in Indigenous communties

When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis, health care immediately becomes more complex. Suddenly there are appointments with specialists and physiotherapists, lab tests, x-rays and visits to the pharmacy. Coordinating all these health services can be overwhelming, but add a remote location and cultural differences to the mix, and it becomes extremely difficult for patients to receive the care they need. This is especially evident for arthritis patients living in Indigenous communities across Alberta.

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Productivity loss from osteoarthritis will cost Canadian economy $17.5 billion a year by 2031

Rising rates of osteoarthritis (OA) will cost the Canadian economy an estimated $17.5 billion a year in lost productivity by 2031 as the disease forces greater numbers of people to stop working or work less, a study has found. The upsurge in work time loss comes just as Canadian productivity comes up against a momentous challenge: finding enough workers to replace retiring baby boomers after decades of low birth rates.

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Patients Weigh-in on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn's Disease Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn's are both chronic immune-mediated diseases that share similar treatments. Choosing the right treatment can be difficult, as treatments differ in their benefits, potential side effects and route of administration. Patient preferences should inform how to balance the benefits and potential risks, but currently, treatment recommendations for both conditions are made primarily based on research evidence alone. Glen Hazlewood, MD PhD is developing a novel method to help inform patient-centered treatment approaches to improve the lives of patients with both Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Tactile bone product developed to train orthopaedic surgeons

A McCaig Institute team, Ammolite BioModels, developed bone models designed to look and feel like real bone to be used in the training of orthopaedic surgeons. A realistic and cost effective training option, Ammolite BioModels’ Tactile Bones aim to reduce the cost, time and risks of surgeries by improving training outside the operating room. 

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