Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 272015

IHE Policy Paper Calls for Registry of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in Alberta

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The Institute of Health Economics has published a policy paper recommending Alberta establish a comprehensive registry of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients that will capture important information about the safety and effectiveness of the different therapies available. The IHE says the limited scope of Alberta’s current registry is no longer ...

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May 272015

An RA Registry Will Help Us Understand What Works Well and What Doesn’t

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Deborah Marshall, ABJHI’s Health Technology Assessment advisor, is lead author on the IHE policy paper outlining the need for a registry to track and monitor Albertans who have rheumatoid arthritis. “We need to understand how drugs and treatments perform in actual practice,” she says. “There is a lot of variability in treatments, ...

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May 192015

McCaig-Killam Teaching Award Honors Ann McCaig’s 22 Years of Service

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Canada’s Killam Trust has been named the McCaig-Killam Teaching Award in recognition of Ann McCaig’s 22 years of service to the community as a trustee. The teaching award, which will be conferred annually at the University of Calgary, will recognize an academic staff member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The announcement was ...

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May 152015

Research to Design Optimal Centralized Intake for Arthritis Advances to Second Phase

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A research project to design and evaluate the optimal centralized intake system for arthritis sufferers in Alberta is in the second of three phases. The researchers are designing the intake system initially to refer and triage Albertans with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They aim to increase rates of early diagnosis by reducing the ...

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May 122015

Suffering from Osteoarthritis in the Knee? Join this Study of Orthotics

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Studies have shown that orthotic insoles can reduce pain for some osteoarthritis sufferers, while being ineffective for others. University of Calgary researcher Ryan Lewinson believes it’s because the orthotics haven’t been fit to match the individual’s unique biomechanics. He wants to find out if orthotics prescribed to match an ...

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