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Sep 222015

An Evening with Holly Cole and the Alberta Ballet in Support of Bone and Joint Health

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Music in Motion returns on October 6 with ENCORE – an evening of stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring music, paired with the grace and sophistication of the ballet. ENCORE stars Holly Cole, Canada’s pre-eminent interpretative singer with the smoky contralto voice and adventurous repertoire spanning jazz, pop and country, and ...

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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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Apr 072015

Improving Health Care Delivery – Testing the Waters before Diving In

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Dynamic simulation modeling, long used in industrial operations to improve processes, is a tool whose time has come in the complex world of health care. Dr. Deborah Marshall, ABJHI’s Director of Health Technology Assessment, explains how dynamic simulation modeling can expose the upstream and downstream impacts of a new idea in health care ...

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Mar 312015

Choosing Wisely: Do I Really Need that Test, Treatment or Procedure?

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Patients and members of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) have collaborated to make recommendations for curbing diagnostic tests and treatments that may be overused or inappropriately ordered. The recommendations are made under Choosing Wisely Canada, a national campaign organized in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association ...

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Feb 062015

Safer Together: Partnering with Your Providers to Make Your Health Care Safe

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Patients and families can play a vital role in making health care safe. Alberta Health Services offers advice on how to partner with your providers in a way that makes you aware, informed and actively involved as a member of your health care team. The reward: enhanced safety. Download the Alberta Health Services brochure Safer Together. Share:

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