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ABJHI is working with teams of clinicians to develop world-leading models of care for Albertans who suffer from the two most common forms of arthritisosteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The work is being sponsored by Alberta Health services’ Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network.

OA and RA are chronic diseases that have devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 500,000 Albertans. They are the most common cause of disability in the province, inflicting pain and loss of function on a daily basis.

The models of care are being designed as integrated care paths extending across all facets of non-surgical treatment, from self-management through primary care, referral to specialists, non-surgical interventions, and ongoing management of symptoms. Once completed, the care paths will be made available to the Arthritis Alliance of Canada for its national program to improve care for people who suffer from arthritis.

In Brief

ABJHI is working with leading clinicians to design world-leading models of care for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Optimal intake and triage models for faster access to care.
  • Early start of care means better outcomes for patients.
  • ABJHI will design pilot to test rheumatoid arthritis model.
  • ABJHI also developing framework for measuring the models’ performance.
  • 500,000 Albertans suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis costing Alberta’s economy $3.3 billion.
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