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The Arthritis Newsletter: Winter 2017

Keeping you informed about advances in arthritis research and related stories.

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OUR LATEST RESEARCH

Biologic drugs for spondyloarthritis patients: do policies in different countries affect costs and health?

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

Using information from DESIR, researchers looked at which patients satisfied the criteria to receive biologic drugs in different countries: France, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

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Biologic drugs for SpA: does following recommendations affect patients’ cost and health?

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

This study used information from DESIR to look at the effect of following doctors’ recommendations about who should use biologic drugs.

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How can we tell if Ankylosing Spondylitis care is being given according to recommendations?

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

The study discovered that specialist doctors have some differences of opinion about recommended AS care.

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The cost of SpA: results from patients in the DESIR cohort

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Harvard, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health PhD student and Arthritis Research Canada Trainee supervised by Dr. Bruno Fautrel, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, and Dr. Aslam Anis, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health

This study created a database of cost and health information that will let researchers look into many questions that affect SpA (short for spondyloarthritis) patients.

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IMPROVING QUALITY OF CARE FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Co-Principal Investigators:

Claire Barber MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Diane Lacaille, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Senior Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada, Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Acting Co-Head Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, UBC, Mary Pack Chair in Arthritis Research (Rheumatology)

One approach to monitoring and improving the quality of care provided to patients is the implementation of a balanced scorecard. Like a report card, a balanced scorecard is a structured approach to improving efficiency and performance that represents viewpoints from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

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MEET THE TEAM

John Esdaile

John Esdaile

Scientific Director, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCAHS

Jocelyn Cruickshank

Jocelyn Cruickshank

Board of Directors Chair

Shauneen Kellner

Shauneen Kellner

Executive Director

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