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“Arthritis At Home” brings arthritis clinical, research and patient experts from across Canada “face-to-face” into homes across Canada through ACE’s website and Facebook and YouTube channels. Arthritis At Home interviews are 10 to 15 minutes long and come to you on #MotivationMonday#WellnessWednesday and #FactsFriday. Please share “Arthritis At Home” with other patients, friends and family and send us your questions or ideas for future episodes. We hope in this time of COVID-19 you find our new program both informative and comforting. Be safe.

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The twenty-sixth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 4 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart4

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises with a TheraBand or resistance band. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure!

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active.

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session:
• Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise.
• If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.

You will need the following for this exercise session
1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in
2) TheraBand or Resistance Band – Stable the band to a door handle or something sturdy. Consider using a panty hose, rope or towel if you do not have a resistance band.

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out all the videos in this #ArthritisAtHome 4-part series

Episode 16: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 1 of 4) – side steps, bicep curls, squats, planks: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart1

Episode 19: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 2 of 4) – lunges, shoulder raises, toe taps: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart2

Episode 22: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 3 of 4) – bridges, dead bug exercise, shoulder rolls, arm raises: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart3

Episode 26: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 4 of 4) – strengthening exercises with a TheraBand or resistance band: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart4
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Well done! Nice to see you on video. Your looking healthy and happy.😍

The twenty-second episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 3 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: youtu.be/l4fEYYwLb5E

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises, including bridges, dead bug exercise, shoulder rolls and arm raises. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure!

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active.

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session:
• Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise.
• If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.

You may need the following for this exercise session
1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in
2) Exercise mat – If you don’t have one you can use a piece of carpet, cushions placed together, or a few towels layered on top of one another, but make sure they won’t slip around while you are performing the exercise movements.

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out the other videos in this #ArthritisAtHome 4-part series

Episode 16: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 1 of 4) – side steps, bicep curls, squats, planks: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart1

Episode 19: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 2 of 4) – lunges, shoulder raises, toe taps: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart2

Episode 22: 15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during #COVID19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma (Part 3 of 4) – bridges, dead bug exercise, shoulder rolls, arm raises: bit.ly/AAHExerciseSnacksPart3
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1 week ago

The nineteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 2 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: youtu.be/cHC0aZ3zUIA

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure!

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active.

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session:

Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise.

If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.

You will need the following for this exercise session:

1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in

2) Exercise mat – If you don’t have one you can use a piece of carpet, cushions placed together, or a few towels layered on top of one another, but make sure they won’t slip around while you are performing the exercise movements.

3) Two hand held weights (2-5 lbs or 1-2 kgs) – If you don’t have any, you can use soup cans or other items that you can hold on to safely and add a bit of weight and added challenge to your workout

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!
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2 weeks ago

The nineteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 2 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cHC0aZ3zUIA

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure! 

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active. 

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session: 

Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise. 

If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.  

You will need the following for this exercise session: 

1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in 

2) Exercise mat – If you don’t have one you can use a piece of carpet, cushions placed together, or a few towels layered on top of one another, but make sure they won’t slip around while you are performing the exercise movements. 

3) Two hand held weights (2-5 lbs or 1-2 kgs) – If you don’t have any, you can use soup cans or other items that you can hold on to safely and add a bit of weight and added challenge to your workout 

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!

The sixteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 1 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: youtu.be/gFS-oW0YKp4

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure!

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active.

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session:

Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise.

If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.

You will need the following for this exercise session:

1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in

2) Exercise mat – If you don’t have one you can use a piece of carpet, cushions placed together, or a few towels layered on top of one another, but make sure they won’t slip around while you are performing the exercise movements.

3) Two hand held weights (2-5 lbs or 1-2 kgs) – If you don’t have any, you can use soup cans or other items that you can hold on to safely and add a bit of weight and added challenge to your workout

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!
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3 weeks ago

The sixteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jasmin Ma, Arthritis Research Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow, on Part 1 of a special 4-part #MotivationMonday series called “15 minutes of exercise “snacks” during COVID-19 with Dr. Jasmin Ma”. Watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gFS-oW0YKp4

Dr. Ma will lead us through upbeat cardio and strengthening exercises. In an effort to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities, Dr. Ma provides movement and rest options – a choose your own exercise adventure! 

Dr. Ma has a passion for helping people of all abilities get active. Dr. Ma is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Arthritis Society, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research and experiences as a registered kinesiologist and certified inclusive fitness trainer focus on physical activity behavioural science and integrated knowledge translation, working with people with rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and other chronic conditions/disabilities to start and stay active. 

Important things to note before participating in this exercise session: 

Remember to always protect your joints before, during, and after physical activity or exercise. 

If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should participate in this or any Arthritis At Home episode, please consult with your health care team first.  

You will need the following for this exercise session: 

1) Comfortable clothing to exercise in 

2) Exercise mat – If you don’t have one you can use a piece of carpet, cushions placed together, or a few towels layered on top of one another, but make sure they won’t slip around while you are performing the exercise movements. 

3) Two hand held weights (2-5 lbs or 1-2 kgs) – If you don’t have any, you can use soup cans or other items that you can hold on to safely and add a bit of weight and added challenge to your workout 

We encourage you to actively participate in this exercise session!

The thirteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Cristina Montoya, Registered Dietitian, on nutrition and arthritis during #COVID19. She covers how immunocompromised individuals can practice food safety during COVID-19, what types of food to keep in your pantry, and mindful eating. #motivationmonday

Cristina Montoya is a Colombian mama living in the land of maple syrup, beavers and Hockey, Canada. Cristina is a member in good standing with the College of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Arthritis Health Professions Association. As a patient advocate living with rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's Syndrome, Cristina participates in the Durham Region Sjögren's Syndrome Support Group from the Sjögren's Society Of Canada as well as the Online Consumer Panel from the Arthritis Society. She is passionate about autoimmune rheumatic diseases, medicinal cannabis science, digestive health, Mediterranean diet, low FODMAP diet, heritage foods, home cooking, gluten-free baking, and living one day at a time.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:
Dietitians of Canada – Advice for the general public about COVID-19: www.dietitians.ca/News/2020/Advice-for-the-general-public-about-COVID-19

Arthritis Dietitian - www.arthritisdietitian.com/

50 More Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food: Mindfulness Strategies to Cope with Stress and End Emotional Eating Paperback – Dec. 1, 2015 (Book)
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The tenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Linda Li, Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, on how to stay active and exercise at home during #COVID19. She shares tips on how often you should get up from your home office chair and how to exercise safely at home. #MotivationMonday

Dr. Li is a Senior Research Scientist of Clinical Epidemiology at Arthritis Research Canada. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at McGill University and Master’s of Science at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Li’s research centers on improving the care for people with arthritis and empowering patient self-management. Her work focuses on the integration of online, mobile, and wearable tools in health care. Examples of her work include the use of interactive decision aids for improving communication between patients and health professionals, and the use of wearables and apps to personalized physical activity levels for patients. Dr. Li’s work in knowledge translation has also led to new studies on the benefits of engaging patients and the public in the full spectrum of research process.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:

Arthritis Research Canada

Physical Activity: It's never too late to decrease your pain: youtu.be/38jxolqTlbw

Arthritis Lifestyle Management Guide: www.arthritisresearch.ca/lifestyle-management-guide/

Arthritis Consumer Experts

Exercise and Arthritis (Podcast): jointhealth.org/programs.cfm?id=3&locale=en-CA
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1 month ago

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Thanks so much Dr. Li. Actually I am having to remind myself to sit.A good reminder - I have not had my fitbit on my wrists. Time to step up.

The seventh episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Susan Bartlett, Professor of Medicine at McGill University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, on isolation and loneliness in the age of #COVID19. She comments on how we can stay connected with and reconnect with loved ones, and take this opportunity to meet new people. #MotivationMonday

Originally from London Ontario, Dr. Bartlett completed a Masters in Psychology at McGill, a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University, and post-doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the 1995 and returned to Montreal to join the Faculty of Medicine at McGill in 2007 in rheumatology and clinical epidemiology.

Dr. Bartlett’s clinical and research interests address how factors like emotional distress and health behaviours affect how well people feel and function. She has also studied how exercise and yoga enhance outcomes in people with arthritis. Her research has been funded by the NIH, CIHR, the @Arthritis Foundation, and the Arthritis Society among others.

Visit the #MotivationMonday feed on the official page of Arthritis At Home: jointhealth.org/arthritisathome.cfm

Check out these helpful resources :
Canadian Mental Health Association - COVID-19 and mental health
cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health

McGill University - Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program (BRaIN)
rimuhc.ca/brain-repair-and-integrative-neuroscience-program
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1 month ago

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Congratulations on making so many masks Dr. Bartlett. I made some from the Washington Post pattern for my sister and mom's friend. My quilting group is making pillowcases for children in hospitals, hospices etc to brighten their day. We are hoping they might cheer up families and children in the days to come.

The comment on touch is so important. I think we are used to some touch even when we are in a rest home, at a doctor's appointment with a gentle handshake, or a hug from a family member. Thanks for bringing this forward

Once again thank both of you for the great episode. See you on wellness Wednesday

The fourth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Catherine Backman, Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada, and Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, the University of British Columbia, on routine, work/life balance and well-being during #COVID19. #MotivationMonday

Dr. Backman studies the impact of arthritis on participation in social roles, like parenting and employment, and how people balance the occupations or everyday activities they need and want to do. She is also President of theCanadian Association of Occupational Therapists (2018-2020).

In this interview, Dr. Backman also offers tips for structuring daily routines in the presence of uncertainty. She discusses the concept of working from home, teaching kids from home, staying at home, and how to measure productivity. Like arthritis, COVID-19 disrupts routines and occupations. Because people with arthritis are experts at managing uncertainty, Dr. Backman believes they have a lot to teach the world about ways to manage daily life during the pandemic.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: jointhealth.org/ArthritisAtHome.cfm

Check out these helpful resources recommended by Dr. Backman:
Two practical resources designed by Australian occupational therapists in response to the pandemic:
A Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together During COVID-19 by Kath Burnard
bit.ly/GuidebyKathBurnard

Normal Life has been Disrupted by Lorrae Mynard
bit.ly/NormalLifeDisruptedbyLorraeMynard

The following websites focus on "doing":
Do Live Well: What You Do Everyday Matters
dolivewell.ca/

Beyond COVID-19
beyondcovid-19.com/
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2 months ago

Welcome to #ArthritisAtHome! We are so excited to have first episode feature an arthritis expert near and dear to our organization - Dr. Susan Bartlett. She will be speaking about the emotional impact of #COVID19 on our health and wellness. She will share with us what you can do to better manage this crisis while isolated at home. #MotivationMonday

Dr. Susan Bartlett is Professor of Medicine at McGill University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Originally from London Ontario, she completed a Masters in Psychology at McGill, a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University, and post-doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the 1995 and returned to Montreal to join the Faculty of Medicine at McGill in 2007 in rheumatology and clinical epidemiology.

Dr. Bartlett’s clinical and research interests address how factors like emotional distress and health behaviours affect how well people feel and function. She has also studied how exercise and yoga enhance outcomes in people with arthritis. Her research has been funded by the NIH, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Arthritis Society among others.

Arthritis Research Canada Canadian Spondylitis Association Chronic Eileen Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance Lupus Canada Pain BC Cassie and Friends Society for Juvenile Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
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2 months ago

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I am looking at this month as my spa month. I am doing face masks, practicing my breathing, doing my stress map. Most important for me is limiting social media a little. I have lost 10 pounds (granted I had the flu/cold last week and that helped).

I’m from the uk, I’m 33 diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 2 years , it started very suddenly and was pretty severe !! I was on prednisone.. for a year... I stopped last September , now only take sulphasalizine ( alfulidine) how strong is this med ?? I’ve been told to be careful due to this... it doesn’t come under “ immune suppressants “ as a drug group.. but anti inflammatory.. I’m otherwise well and never get colds / flu which is a little surprising .... help me out here please ! X

thank you so much for doing this Cheryl Koehn and Dr. Bartlett. You reminded me of a few more things I can do to handle all this.

#WellnessWednesday

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The twenty-seventh episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Denise Jupp, rheumatology nurse at the Diamond Centre Rheumatology Clinic, on how rheumatology nurses are supporting people with arthritis at this time. She also shares insights on what patients should know about preparing for a rheumatology appointment and what patients can do to help alleviate pain at home. #WellnessWednesday

Denise is a rheumatology nurse in private practice at the Diamond Centre Rheumatology Clinic with Drs. Shahin Jamal and David Collins. She is also the Communications Chair at the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA). The AHPA is a dedicated group of health care professionals, researchers and administrators from across Canada who is passionate about improving the care of people with rheumatic diseases. They collaborate with other professional and patient organizations to provide optimal care and quality of life for every Canadian living with arthritis.

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources

Arthritis Health Professions Association
www.ahpa.ca/resources/

Dr. Shahin Jamal #arthritisathome Interview
youtu.be/UIhiblfnf3Y

Information for people living with arthritis including instructions on how to inject medications
rheuminfo.com/living-with-arthritis/
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The twenty-fourth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Tiffany Westrich-Robertson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis), on the history of the Foundation and the creation of World AUTOimmune and AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day, which takes place annually on May 20. #WellnessWednesday #AiArthritisDay

Tiffany was diagnosed with non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthropathy, various co-morbidities. She is a former Vice President of Business Development & Project Management and College Professor.

The Foundation’s mission is to help those who are affected by autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis use their voices – as equals alongside other stakeholders – to solve problems that impact education, advocacy, and research. The Foundation use a patient-led team approach, while enlisting help from other stakeholder groups and professionals to produce outcomes that matter to their community.

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis: www.aiarthritis.org/

World AUTOimmune and AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day: www.aiarthritis.org/aiarthritisday

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFAiArthritis/

Twitter: twitter.com/IFAiArthritis

Hashtag: #AiArthritisDay

Arthritis Consumer Experts Arthritis Broadcast Network
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1 week ago

It's World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Awareness Day! For #AiArthritisDay, we're excited to share the twenty-third episode of #ArthritisAtHome, featuring Michelle Bridge, an Occupational Therapist who works as an Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) within Arthritis Society's Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program, covering Windsor-Essex county in Ontario. In this interview, Michelle provides tips and tricks for maximizing your telehealth appointment with an occupational therapist. She also provides helpful information on how to set up a joint-friendly workspace at home. #WellnessWednesday

Michelle is a member, in good standing, of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists; the Arthritis Health Professions Association and is a constituent of its ACPAC Special Interest Group committee; and internationally, she is also a member of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals. Her professional objectives focus on delivering best-practice rheumatological healthcare; improving access to care for pediatric and adult patients with arthritis; and strengthening healthcare capacity while enhancing inter-professional care with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. She has been with Arthritis Society for nearly 6 years, coming from an occupational therapy background in chronic pain management, homecare, and return-to-work, and 8 years experience working in kinesiology.

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients
Arthritis Consumer Experts: What you need to know about arthritis in the workplace:
jointhealth.org/programs-bestarthritisworkplaces.cfm?locale=en-CA

Arthritis Society: Arthritis & Work:
arthritis.ca/support-education/online-learning/arthritis-and-work

Arthritis Society: Stretches for the Workplace (Video): www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVFuoAtw3p0

Arthritis Society: Navigating your healthcare: arthritis.ca/support-education/online-learning/navigating-your-healthcare

Check out these helpful resources for occupational therapists
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: COVID-19 Practice Supports:
www.caot.ca/site/pt/COVID-19?nav=sidebar#Forum

College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario: Guidelines for Telepractice in Occupational Therapy:
www.coto.org/resources/guidelines-for-telepractice-in-occupational-therapy
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1 week ago

The twentieth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Cristina Montoya, a Registered Dietitian, on nutrition, vitamins and the immune system during COVID-19 and what people with autoimmune arthritis need to know. #WellnessWednesday

During cold season, flu season and even this "Covid-19 season", people living with arthritis may be interested in taking supplements or vitamins to boost their immune system. However, for people living with autoimmune forms of arthritis, this may not be the best idea. Cristina myth-busts some popular immune boosting products and/or practices and suggests foods and nutrients that can help people with autoimmune diseases stay healthy.

Cristina is a member in good standing with the College of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Arthritis Health Professions Association. As a patient advocate living with rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's Syndrome, Cristina participates in the Durham Region Sjögren's Syndrome Support Group from the Sjögren's Society Of Canada as well as the Online Consumer Panel from the Arthritis Society.

Please note the material contained in this video is provided for general information only, and should not be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual or as a substitute for consultation with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs. Before starting on any vitamin or supplement plan, speak with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you, based on your own unique health situation, whether further supplementation may be required.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources
The Arthritis Dietitian – Should you take immune boosters if you are immunocompromised? www.arthritisdietitian.com/post/should-you-take-immune-boosters-if-you-are-immunocompromised

Canadian Produce Marketing Association: Fruits & Veggies! Half Your Plate: www.halfyourplate.ca/

Doctor Albers: Eating Mindfully: eatingmindfully.com/

Pulse Canada – Downloadable Resources: www.pulsecanada.com/resources/

An anti-inflammatory recipe from Cristina Montoya featured on the Arthritis Society: arthritis.ca/living-well/optimized-self/eating-well/recipe-video-easy-baked-avocado-feta-eggs

#ArthritisAtHome Episode 13: Nutrition and arthritis during COVID-19 with Cristina Montoya: youtu.be/qwDw2tSx4P4
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2 weeks ago

The seventeenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Mary De Vera, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She discusses how to manage homeschooling, work, and wellness as a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic. #WellnessWednesday

Dr. Mary De Vera holds a PhD in Epidemiology and holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. The goal of her research is to support patient journeys in living with disease. She conducts population research using “big data” as well as surveys to evaluate health problems at the population level in arthritis and cancer, as well as qualitative research to draw on patients’ perspectives to explain findings or develop solutions. She is also a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Dr. De Vera also has two young daughters and, like many parents, the pandemic has meant taking on homeschooling and daycare while continuing to work from home.

Participate in Dr. De Vera’s research on Understanding the experiences of individuals with immunosuppressive conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic (UNIFIED): www.unifiedcovid.com/

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful online education resources

Canadian Commission for UNESCO: Online educational resources during COVID-19: en.ccunesco.ca/blog/2020/4/online-educational-resources-covid19

School Mental Health Ontario: How to support student mental health during COVID-19: smho-smso.ca/covid-19/

Resources for K-12 staff teaching and working through the COVID-19 pandemic: bit.ly/EdCanNetworkREsources

Check out these helpful resources

Understanding the experience of individuals with immunosuppressive conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic (UNIFIED): www.unifiedcovid.com

Follow Dr. Mary De Vera’s Twitter for more insights: twitter.com/maryadevera
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3 weeks ago

The fourteenth episode of #arthritisathome features Trish Barbato, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society; she takes us through a guided meditation and gives us an overview of The Arthritis Society (TAS) programs for COVID-19, including the Arthritis Talks Webinars and TAS research initiative. #WellnessWednesday

Trish Barbato is the President and CEO of the Arthritis Society, bringing more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in health related sectors. Prior to joining the Arthritis Society in 2020, Trish served with senior living provider Revera Inc. in a variety of roles, most recently as Senior Vice President in Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. Her former roles include President and CEO of COTA Health, CFO and VP Corporate Services for Providence Health Care and Managing Director of Bayshore Healthcare. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Trish is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant. She is also Founder and Director of Community Meditation and is a published author and international speaker on topics such as design thinking, innovation and leadership. In 2012, Trish received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for her 25+ years commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:
The Arthritis Society
COVID-19 and Arthritis: Your Questions, Our Answers with Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia and Dr. Alan Low: bit.ly/TheArthritisSocietyCOVID-19andArthritis

COVID-19 and You with Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia: bit.ly/TheArthritisSocietyCOVID-19andYou

Urgent Research Appeal: COVID-19 Response: bit.ly/TheArthritisSocietyUrgentResearchAppealCOVID-19
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4 weeks ago

The eleventh episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Alison Hoens, Affiliate Knowledge Broker at Arthritis Research Canada, and Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator in the Department of Physiotherapy at Providence Health Care on recovery and telerehab after shoulder surgery with rheumatoid arthritis during #COVID19. #WellnessWednesday

Alison has been a member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada since 2013. Living with rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune gastroparesis, she is a physical therapist and works as a Knowledge Broker in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Additionally, she is a Research Associate of the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Science. Alison is passionate about knowledge translation and patient engagement in healthcare research.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:

A Rheumatologist’s Tips: Telemedicine in 6 Easy Steps: rheumnow.com/content/rheumtologist’s-tips-telemedicine-6-easy-steps

Telemedicine and virtual care guidelines (and other clinical resources for COVID-19): www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/documents/about/covid-19-resources-telemedicine-virtual-care-e

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – Telemedicine: Patient Information Sheet: bit.ly/cpsoTelemedicinePatientInfoSheet
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1 month ago

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Timing is everything Alison. I am glad that this got done before they locked out surgeries. However it wasn't good timing for rehab!

The eighth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Marie Westby, Physical Therapy Teaching Supervisor, Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares her insights getting physiotherapy support through TeleHealth during #COVID19. #WellnessWednesday

Dr. Marie Westby has a Bachelor of science In physiotherapy and PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of British Columbia. She is a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility as a part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Currently, she is helping the Mary Pack Program set up their telehealth services to provide some support to patients while the clinics are closed to in-person visits.

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: jointhealth.org/arthritisathome.cfm

Check out these helpful resources for patients:
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - Find a physio
bcphysio.org/find-a-physio
(Go to "Areas of practice", then select "Arthritis". In the "Advanced Search" section, under "clinic type", select "Virtual Care/TeleHealth".)

Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association: A guide to telerehab services for patients
www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/files/telerehabilitation_patient_information.pdf

Physiotherapy Evidence Database: Evidence to guide telehealth physiotherapy
www.pedro.org.au/english/evidence-to-guide-telehealth-physiotherapy/

Checkout these helpful resources for physiotherapists:
Canadian Physiotherapy Association - Tele-Rehabilitation
physiotherapy.ca/tele-rehabilitation

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - Physiotherapy Virtual Care Toolkit
bcphysio.org/covid-19/telerehabilitation/pabc-physiotherapy-virtual-care-toolkit

Getting Online with Telerehabilitation in BC - Lecture Recording
bcphysio.org/getting-online-telerehabilitation-bc-lecture-recording
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1 month ago

The fifth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Eileen Davidson, a member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of @Arthritis Research Canada, and an ambassador for the Arthritis Society. Eileen will be sharing her insights on parenting with rheumatoid arthritis during #COVID19. #WellnessWednesday

Eileen is a well-known patient advocate who engages with a number of arthritis organizations. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthrits at 29 years old. In late 2016, she became an ambassador for The Arthritis Society and created her blog ‘chroniceileen.com’. She has been a regular writer for CreakyJoints since 2019. She has been featured in Reader's Digest Canada, Inked Magazine, CBC, CNN, and CTV News. In addition, Everyday Health and Healthline recognized her blog as one of the top ten arthritis blogs for a number of years running. The Arthritis Society recently recognized her with a Mary Pack Volunteer award for her outstanding volunteer contributions to The Arthritis Society and the arthritis community. In 2020, she participated as a patient interviewer for @Arthritis Broadcast Network's #CRArthritis series.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home:
jointhealth.org/arthritisathome.cfm

Check out these helpful resources:
Chronic Eileen - Eileen Davidson
www.chroniceileen.com

From this Point Forward - Mariah Leach
www.fromthispointforward.com/p/about-this-blog.html

Arthritis Consumer Experts
jointhealth.org/

Arthritis Research Canada
www.arthritisresearch.ca/
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2 months ago

The second episode of #arthritisathome features Dr. Jackie Whittaker. She shares her insights on how to care for your joints during #COVID19. Dr. Whittaker will also be demonstrating some of the exercises we can do to take care of the joints in our lower extremity while working at home. #WellnessWednesday

Dr. Whittaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia and is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association/Association canadienne de physiothérapie. She is a Research Scientist of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at Arthritis Research Canada. She completed her BScPT degree at the University of Alberta, PhD in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the University of Southampton (UK) and a post-doctoral fellowship supported by an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Clinician Fellowship in injury prevention and epidemiology at the University of Calgary. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Research Director of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Alberta.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: jointhealth.org/ArthritisAtHo...

Check out these helpful resources:
GLA:D exercise program for osteoarthritis
GLA:D™ Canada - gladcanada.ca/
GLA:D™ Australia - gladaustralia.com.au/
GLA:D™ Denmark - www.glaid.dk/english.html

Osteoarthritis Service Integration System
OASIS - oasis.vch.ca/

Talk to Your Doctor About Joint Pain Handout
www.arthritisalliance.ca/en/ta...
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2 months ago

#FactsFriday

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The twenty-eighth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Diane Lacaille, Associate Scientific Director of @Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-Recherche Canada, on the re-opening of the provincial economies across Canada and the health concerns for people living with arthritis who are returning to work, including critical questions we are receiving from our viewers. #FactsFriday

Dr. Lacaille is the Mary Pack Chair in Arthritis Research. She is also a Professor of Rheumatology and the Associate Head of Academic Affairs at the University of British Columbia. On this episode, we also discuss with us some of the workplace and arthritis research she has conducted and the tools her team has developed for employees and employers.

Questions from our viewers include:
• Who should return to the workplace (vs. working from home)?
• Do you have to return to work if asked? What are your rights and obligations around returning to the workplace?
• What measures do you need to make sure your workplace has installed to feel safe to return?
• What measures can you take while at work to reduce your risk of COVID-19?
• What about using public transit, particularly for people living with autoimmune types of arthritis?

In the final section of the interview, Dr. Lacaile shares her advice for working from home: proper ergonomics and good practices (scheduling breaks, ensuring to get up and walk, stretch breaks, and having a routine for start up and end of work day).

Did you know ACE runs a program looking for Canada’s Best Workplace for Employees Living with arthritis? Learn more about the program here: jointhealth.org/programs-bestarthritisworkplaces.cfm?locale=en-CA

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources:
Arthritis Consumer Experts: Special Report: Arthritis in the Canadian Workforce: jointhealth.org/programs-jhinsight-view.cfm?id=229&locale=en-CA

Arthritis Research Canada: Arthritis and Work: www.arthritisresearch.ca/?s=arthritis+work

WorkSafeBC: COVID-19 information and resources: www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates
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2 hours ago

The twenty-fifth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Lori B. Tucker, Director of Pediatric Resident Research Program, Division of Rheumatology at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, and Clinical Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, on living with juvenile arthritis during #COVID19. She shares her insights on the importance of continuing medication treatments and maintaining good communication with your child’s rheumatologist to determine if your child needs to visit a clinic in person. #FactsFriday

Dr. Tucker’s research focus areas include prediction of outcomes for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and improving care through longitudinal outcomes registries, study of physical activity in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, transition of youth with rheumatic disease to adult care, and translational research in autoinflammatory disease. On the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute website, Dr. Tucker states: The strong partnership of our Division of Pediatric Rheumatology as well as pan-Canadian collaborators in the Canadian Alliance for Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators fuel my research projects and ensure successful translation of research results to practice. I have particular interest in creative knowledge translation in pediatric rheumatology research, and active inclusion of patients and families into research.

Visit Arthritis At Home online: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources

Arthritis Broadcast Network: #CRArthritis Interview 31 with Dr. Lori Tucker on juvenile arthritis models of care: youtu.be/QoAaQVPoKik

Arthritis Consumer Experts: Spotlight on juvenile idiopathic arthritis: jointhealth.org/aboutarthritis-diseasespotlight.cfm?id=5&locale=en-CA

BC Children’s Hospital: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Studies: www.bcchildrens.ca/our-research/participate/rheumatology

Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology (Toronto): www.ucan-u.org/blog/partners/canadian-alliance-of-pediatric-rheumatology-toronto

Cassie and Friends Society for Juvenile Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases: A society for children and families affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases: cassieandfriends.ca/
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6 days ago

The twenty-first episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, Senior Research Scientist of Arthritis Research Canada and Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Barnabe shares her insights on healthcare delivery to Indigenous and underserved communities, many of whom are at a higher risk of COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions. She explains the challenges of physical distancing and mental health as well as how virtual care is being used in these communities. #FactsFriday

Dr. Barnabe is a Métis rheumatologist with a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She is one of Canada’s leading researchers focused on identifying and resolving health system care gaps for Indigenous patients. She is a Vice-Chair in the Department of Medicine (Indigenous Health), Chair of the Quality Care Committee for the Canadian Rheumatology Association, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Indigenous Health Advisory Committee.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources

Government of Canada – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities: www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581964230816/1581964277298

Alberta Health Services – Indigenous Health: www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page11949.aspx

University of Calgary Medicine – Dean’s Talk 2018 – Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, MD: youtu.be/ONSSRl-Elis

For further reading

Healthcare utilization for arthritis by Indigenous populations of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States: A systematic review: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049017216301664

Contact information for regional medical officers:

British Columbia: First Nations Health Authority
Email: covid19needs@fnha.ca

Alberta: Dr. Wadieh Yacoub, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: wadieh.yacoub@canada.ca

Saskatchewan: Dr. Ibrahim Khan, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: ibrahim.khan@canada.ca

Northern Inter Tribal Health Authority: Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka
Email: nndubuka@nitha.com

Manitoba: Dr. Michael Routledge, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: sac.covid-19fnihbmb.isc@canada.ca

Ontario: Dr. Maurica Maher, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: sac.covid-19fnihbontario.isc@canada.ca

Quebec: Richard Budgell, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: sac.covid-19dgspni-fnihbqc.isc@canada.ca

Atlantic: Dr. Eilish Cleary, Indigenous Services Canada
Email: sac.covid-19atlantic.isc@canada.ca

If you live in the territories, please contact your regional health authorities in the territory where you are located.
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2 weeks ago

The eighteenth episode of #arthritisathome features Dr. Jane Purvis, a rheumatologist from Peterborough, Ontario and the President of the Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA), on the rise of virtual care and telehealth during #COVID19. She also shares results of a recent Ontario Rheumatology Association patient survey regarding their experience with telehealth. #FactsFriday

This video is also available on YouTube: youtu.be/saE2-o6CSD0

Dr. Purvis discusses the rise of virtual care and telehealth during the past three months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most arthritis patients, particularly those with autoimmune disease, are staying at home and practicing physical distancing. Medical offices and clinics are closed and face to face medical appointments are being cancelled and healthcare providers are treating patients by phone or video link.

What do we mean buy virtual care? Dr. Purvis answers that question and shares results of a recent ORA survey that asked healthcare providers to rate their experience with virtual care.

Go Deeper

In response to patients reporting to ACE that they would take the opportunity to have a virtual visit if available and the more general growing consumer demand for virtual care, ACE is working closely with arthritis researchers and clinicians on telehealth initiatives across Canada. If you have any suggestions or would like to share your virtual care experience with us, please email: feedback@jointhealth.org
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3 weeks ago

The fifteenth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Neda Amiri, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Amiri will be addressing your concerns about #COVID19 based on current knowledge and data. #FactsFriday

Dr. Amiri is also the Director of Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases Clinic (PReDICT) at Mary Pack Arthritis Centre. Vancouver Coastal Health

This week, as health experts have had to refute spurious claims about ingesting disinfectant as a remedy to COVID-19, the need for facts to clarify confusion and misinformation swirling around the coronavirus is more important than ever. We ask Dr. Amiri for answers to your most urgent day-to-day concerns, based on current knowledge and data, including:

- Should you be concerned about your mental health due to self-isolation?
- Should you start wearing a mask?
- Should you worry about contamination from the mail, packages or the newspaper?
- Should you change your clothes and shower when you come home from the grocery store?

Your Provincial Health Authority is also an excellent source for the most current information about COVID-19 where you live:

British Columbia: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-o...

Alberta: www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca/covid-19#utm_campaign=q2_2015&utm_medium=short&utm_source=%2Fcovid-19

Manitoba: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

Ontario: www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/no...

Quebec: www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/a-z/coronavirus-2019/

Nova Scotia: www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

New Brunswick: www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

Newfoundland and Labrador: www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

Prince Edward Island: www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19

Yukon: yukon.ca/covid-19

Northwest Territories: www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Nunavut: www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org
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4 weeks ago

The twelfth episode of #arthritisathome features Dr. Carter Thorne, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto and Chief Division of Rheumatology at Southlake Regional Health Centre in New Market, Ontario, on hydroxychloroquine supply and how it affects patients with rheumatic diseases during #COVID19. #FactsFriday

As one of the leaders of the Canadian Rheumatology Association, Dr. Thorne has been actively consulting with Health Canada, the public drug plans and pharmaceutical companies about drug shortages affecting patients with autoimmune diseases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Thorne discusses recent challenges patients have had to access hydroxychloroquine, particularly in Quebec, and what is really going on with our drug supply and who is potentially at risk.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:
Canadian Rheumatology Association COVID-19 Resource Centre: rheum.ca/covid19/

Arthritis Consumer Experts – Unintended consequences: Drug shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic: bit.ly/ACEJHE-HCQ

Arthritis Research Canada – Taking Care During COVID-19: www.arthritisresearch.ca/responding-to-covid-19/

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance – COVID-19: Information Resources – arthritispatient.ca/covid-19-information-resources/

Canadian Spondylitis Association – COVID-19 Information Center: www.spondylitis.ca/education/covid-19-information-center/

Arthritis Society – COVID-19 and arthritis: arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/arthritis-in-the-news/news/covid-19-(coronavirus)
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1 month ago

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Great collaboration and sharing of information!

I know him - he talked at the Arthritis Clinic I went to back in 2010 through Southlakes Hospital

Too bad that you die within a few days because you were not given chloroquine traitement.

The ninth episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Jonathan S. Hausmann, Instructor in Medicine, @Harvard Medical School, on The Covid-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance (GRA) and what they are doing to help patients during #COVID19. The GRA’s mission is to create a secure, de-identified, international case reporting registry and curate and disseminate the outputs from that registry. The GRA hopes that the information collected will help guide rheumatology clinicians in assessing and treating patients with rheumatologic disease and in evaluating the risk of infection in patients on immunosuppression. #FactsFriday #RheumCovid

Dr. Hausmann is a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Boston Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with an interest in autoinflammatory diseases, health-related technology, and medical education.

Dr. Hausmann has a keen interest in social media for medical education and personal development and is exploring how adolescent patients use social media to obtain or share health information, and how physicians have adopted social media for personal and professional use. Very importantly, at the outbreak of covid-19 outbreak he and his rheumatology colleagues around the world quickly formed the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients:
For more information on theCOVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance, please go to: rheum-covid.org/

If you are a physician and would like to register a rheumatic disease patient with COVID-19, please go to: rheum-covid.org/provider-registry-gate/

People who have and have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 are encouraged to take the survey: rheum-covid.org/patient-survey/

Dr. Jonathan Hausmann also runs a blog site on autoinflammatory diseases. You can find it here: autoinflammatorydiseases.org/
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1 month ago

We are all affected by the current health crisis – whether on the frontlines of fighting it or in our homes waiting for it to pass. Epidemiologists and other trained experts are studying the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, its causes, locations, and how various communities are affected, using the information to guide us during this pandemic and to aid in the prevention of future outbreaks.

The sixth episode of #arthritisathome features Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director of Arthritis Research Canada, on how long the #COVID19 pandemic will last and what scientists in Canada and around the world are working on to help us defeat it. #FactsFriday

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home and view the #FactsFriday feed:
jointhealth.org/ArthritisAtHome.cfm

Check out these helpful resources:
Arthritis Research Canada
www.arthritisresearch.ca/responding-to-covid-19/
www.arthritisresearch.ca/resources/

Arthritis Consumer Experts
bit.ly/JH-COVID19FactsFiction
bit.ly/JHEProtectiveMeasuresCovid19
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2 months ago

The third episode of #ArthritisAtHome features Dr. Shahin Jamal, a rheumatologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at Vancouver Coastal Health and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and Program Director of Adult Rheumatology. #FactsFriday

Dr. Jamal discusses how the delivery of healthcare has changed during the COVID-19 outbreak as patients are increasingly having clinical visits with their specialists not in-person, but by telephone or on-line. Dr. Jamal also speaks about how the fear and concerns of inflammatory arthritis patients about the coronavirus is leading them to question whether they should be continuing to stay on their medications. Dr. Jamal responds with a resounding “Yes” and points to new studies that show these medications may be helping protect patients’ immune response if they become infected with COVID-19. At the end of the interview, Dr. Jamal addresses what the clinical trial use of hydroxychooroquine means for the supply and access of this medicine for arthritis patients who are currently taking it.

Visit the official page of Arthritis At Home: jointhealth.org/arthritisathome.cfm
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2 months ago

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Thank You!! I've been seriously considering not having my next infusion as I thought that would keep my immune system stronger - so I will listen to this with great interest.