The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are pleased to launch the Osteoarthritis Tool, designed to provide primary health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and facilitate the management of patients living with osteoarthritis (OA). The AAC, CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis Tool, to help family physicians and other healthcare providers understand that Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps them:
(AHPA Committee Members: Lynn Richards, Leslie Soever, Angelo Papachristos)
In 2016 the ORA and the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) formalized their collaborative relationship by establishing a Liaison Committee complete with Governing Principles to guide our joint ventures. There has been a long standing informal relationship between Rheumatologists and Allied Health Professionals in Ontario, and the committee aims to create and advance initiatives to support optimal patient care in Rheumatology. Models of Care (MOC) initiatives have now provided an evidence base, both quantitative and qualitative, of the positive impact of interdisciplinary approaches to patient care.
During the past year, the liaison committee focused on enabling AHPA participation and leadership at the ORA AGM. The AHPA organized and led a workshop on various MOC initiatives throughout Ontario. Not only was it well attended, but it also generated inspiring discussions for future directions and collaboration. Overall, twenty AHPA members attended the ORA AGM and we are working on increasing participation next year. We are appreciative that within its “One Ask Approach” the ORA leads fundraising activities to support AHPs attending the AGM.
In general, many patients are benefitting from the working relationships between Allied Health Professionals and Rheumatologists, and one of our goals is to promote further opportunities in this area. The committee is also cognizant of the need to enhance arthritis care in Northern communities and plans to explore opportunities for collaboration in this area. Finally, we are reviewing opportunities to advocate for funding models which promote interdisciplinary approaches to address the gaps and pressures in providing optimal arthritis care throughout the province.
CAPA has developed this resource to help you manage taking methotrexate, an important medication for people who live with different types of arthritis. This resource is based on information from a survey that CAPA conducted last year by asking people who live with arthritis about their own experiences taking methotrexate.