Improving patient care

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.

Cheryl Barnabe and patient

Arthritis care in Indigenous communities

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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arthritic foot

Productivity loss from osteoarthritis will cost Canadian economy $17.5 billion/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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Glen Hazlewood

Patients weigh-in on rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis has advanced, and most patients can now control their disease with medications. The usual practice is to continue with these medications for life, but emerging evidence suggests some patients may be able to reduce their medication once their disease has been under control for some time. But before treatment guidelines can change, more research needs to be done on the risks and benefits of reducing medication; otherwise known as drug tapering.

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