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.
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.
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.
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.