The 2010 clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in Canada focused on the care of adults living in the community. However, the fracture rate for adults living in long-term care (residents) is two to four times that of adults of similar age living in the community, and one third of older adults who experience hip fracture are residents in long-term care. 

Arthritis is a recognized extra intestinal manifestation of several illnesses and conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), bacterial infections of the gut, gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease), various parasitic infections, and pseudomembranous colitis; and following intestinal bypass surgery. Other illnesses have a propensity for causing inflammation of joints and the gut. Examples discussed in this review include Behçet’s syndrome and Whipple’s disease.

This topic review discusses the medical treatments that are used for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A number of other topics about rheumatoid arthritis are available separately. (See "Patient information: Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and diagnosis (Beyond the Basics)" and "Patient information: Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (Beyond the Basics)" and "Patient information: Rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy (Beyond the Basics)" and "Patient information: Complementary and alternative therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (Beyond the Basics)"

Learn about rheumatoid arthritis as it is one of the most common chronic autoimmune diseases, in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. Like other autoimmune diseases, it disproportionately affects women. Here you will find up to date information on diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. 

Although Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is often a chronic disease, the severity and duration of symptoms may unpredictably come and go. With RA, people experience periods of increased disease activity, called flare-ups or flares, alternating with periods when the symptoms fade or disappear, called remission.

Welcome to the ANSWER (Animated, Self-serve, Web-based Research tool), a program created by the University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, University of Ottawa and the Centre for Digital Media. You should use this program only if you have rheumatoid arthritis and if your doctor has suggested Methotrexate as a treatment option for you.

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research (ROAR) features research focused on several topics as videos. 

Physical activity is essential for people with arthritis to manage their disease well. It can reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life. Yet, many Canadians with arthritis do not have access to ongoing support from health professionals for maintaining an active lifestyle, and participation in physical activity is low. A number of online physical activity monitoring tools are available, with the potential to help people better manage their disease. This study is taking an important step to examine barriers and facilitators to using these tools from the perspective of patients, health professionals, and health care decision makers.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Aboriginal peoples in Canada (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) get arthritis more often and more severely than non-Aboriginal peoples. In Aboriginal communities, access to medical care is often poor. We know that Aboriginal communities function best when the community is involved, but little is known about strategies that involve family members in the management of arthritis.