New research to develop more flexible care for people with inflammatory arthritis

December 13, 2022 (Vancouver) – Current delivery of care to people with inflammatory arthritis is inefficient and unable to meet patients’ needs. As a result, many people are not receiving the best care available, and this is more dramatic for those already facing health care inequities.

Arthritis Research Canada’s Flexible Care Delivery Model for Arthritis (FlexCAre) study will engage people living with arthritis, healthcare professionals and decision-makers, clinic administrative staff, and organizations serving communities at risk of health inequity, in discussions to co-design and test a new way of delivering care for arthritis that is tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

Even though new medications have revolutionized the treatment of inflammatory arthritis and improved long-term outcomes, many people don’t receive care as recommended and health inequities exist. FlexCare proposes an innovative model, using digital health technology to monitor health and provide personalized care that is truly patient-centered, and better meets each patient’s specific needs.

“By optimizing the delivery of the highest quality of care available, we anticipate this will improve management of inflammatory arthritis, reduce health inequities, and yield better health outcomes while avoiding costs of under-treatment,” said Diane Lacaille, Scientific Director at Arthritis Research Canada.

This research has been made possible by a Strategic Operating Grant from Arthritis Society Canada.

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Arthritis Research Canada is the largest clinical arthritis research institution in North America. Our mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research and engagement. Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific director, Dr. Diane Lacaille is leading a team of over 100 researchers, trainees and staff whose life-changing research is creating a future where people living with arthritis have the knowledge and tools to triumph over pain and disability. Arthritis Research Canada is now conducting arthritis research from coast to coast with centres in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and scientists affiliated with six major universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Université Laval, McGill University, and Dalhousie University. Arthritis Research Canada is leading research aimed at preventing arthritis, facilitating early diagnosis, finding new and better treatment, and improving quality of life.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Victoria Rubio

Marketing and Communications Officer
Arthritis Research Canada
604-207-4010 or vrubio@arthritisresearch.ca

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