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ABJHI Draws on Innovative Research at McCaig Institute to Design Osteoarthritis Care Path

ABJHI is in the early stage of designing the OA care path.

A multidisciplinary expert committee will be formed to review ABJHI’s initial design. ABJHI will work with the committee to expand and refine the design.
“The OA care path will set out practices and protocols that are based on the best evidence and are appropriate at every stage of care,” Andrea Emrick, ABJHI Project Manager, said. “It will be designed in particular to improve the front end of treatment, including referral, intake and access to specialists and treatment.”

In designing the care path, ABJHI will draw on innovative research under way at the University of Calgary’s McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Researchers there are developing better diagnostics and more effective treatments for OA patients, looking for markers of predisposition toward the disease, and designing prevention strategies for at-risk populations.

Another McCaig research team is developing the world’s first automated tool for predicting how the health care system would be affected as resources or practices are altered. It is being developed initially for services to treat OA in the hips and knees. Click here for more information.

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