The Arthritis Newsletter: Winter 2017

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

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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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Will using your arthritis medications during pregnancy cause you or your baby to have more infections?

Mary De Vera, BSc, MSc, PhD, Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The goal of this research is to find out whether using these medications during pregnancy causes moms and babies to have more infections, so that appropriate prevention and monitoring can take place to ensure that both moms and babies can be healthy.

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Testing of System-Level Performance Measures for Inflammatory Arthritis

Principal Investigator: Claire Barber MD PhD FRCPC Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

In collaboration with arthritis stakeholders across Canada and the AAC, we have developed a set of performance measures to evaluate the Models of Care’s ability to provide access and timely treatment for patients with IA. Our results will contribute to the development of consistent measures of access to care and treatment across Canadian centers and to the advocacy for arthritis care in Canada.

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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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