About eROAR 2013

What is ROAR?

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research (ROAR) is an interactive, educational forum for people living with arthritis, healthcare professionals and researchers to explore the latest findings in arthritis research together.

The initiative was first developed in 2004 by the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada's Patient Advisory Board in British Columbia (BC).

Hosted by ARC's Patient Advisory Board, a ROAR event was held at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver, BC on November 30, 2013 at 10:00am – 12:30pm (PST). Titled 'eROAR13: Does a Google a Day Keep the Doctor Away?', the major theme for exploration by the audience and speakers was the benefits and harms of using digital technologies in health.

The Patient Advisory Board would like to thank all of the volunteers and acknowledge the financial support of individual donors, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Province of British Columbia for making this event possible.

What did eROAR13 look like?

Patients, healthcare providers, researchers and ethicists gathered in-person and online to discuss the potential of digital technologies to improve health. Each speaker presented a short talk that was followed by a Q&A with the audience. Afterwards, a moderated open group discussion took place on ideas raised throughout the morning's event.