Arthritis Alliance of Canada 2018 Research Awards Program

On Wednesday, November 21st, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) recognized recipients of the AAC 2018 Research Awards program at the AAC Annual Meeting Gala Dinner, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Ontario. 

This year’s award categories reflected the following AAC research priorities: 

    • Promoting increased funding for arthritis research
    • Building capacity in arthritis research and innovation (e.g. increase in the number of trainees, involvement of patients in arthritis research, partnerships and linkages)
    • Facilitating and supporting initiatives that harmonize and strengthen research infrastructure and enhance networking to foster collaborations (e.g. optimizing research use of databases, creating new platforms and research infrastructure) and partnership
    • Promoting knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) as effective KTE is critical to ensure that research findings are implemented and lead to improved health outcomes (e.g. involve stakeholders in a) KT co- creation, b) co-interpretation, c) support with dissemination and evaluation where appropriate)
    • Supporting and facilitating patient participation/engagement in arthritis research. 

Eight awards were given out to recognize contributions to arthritis research in Canada: 

  1. PhD Student Award, sponsored by Arthritis Consumer Experts, presented to Dr. Elena Lopatina (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  2. Early Career Researcher in Basic/Clinical Science Award, sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Matthew Teeter (London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON)
  3. Early Career Researcher in Health Science/Population Health Award, sponsored by Arthritis Research Canada, presented to Dr. Claire Barber (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  4. Post-Doctoral Fellow Award: sponsored by CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, presented to Dr. Shabana Amanda Ali (Krembil Research Institute, Arthritis Program, Toronto ON)
  5. Master Student Award: sponsored by McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, presented to Mr. Scott Brunet (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB)
  6. Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research Award, sponsored by the Arthritis Society, presented to Ms. Cheryl Koehn (Arthritis Consumer Experts, Vancouver) 
  7. Knowledge Translation (KT) Practice Award, sponsored by Amgen Canada, presented to Dr. Sasha Bernatsky (McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC)
  8. Knowledge Translation (KT) Research Award: sponsored by Bone and Joint Institute of the University of Western Ontario, presented to Dr. Nick Bansback (University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC) 

Sincere congratulations to all award winners! Their continuous dedication and valuable contribution to arthritis research helps improve the lives of millions of Canadians affected by arthritis.

Core Clinical Data Set Supports High-quality Care for RA Patients in Canada (CAN-RACCD)

Variability in clinical data collection has been identified as a barrier to quality measurement since it creates challenges in terms of maintenance of complete patient records and monitoring the provision of care. The AAC partnered with the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and individual investigators to develop a Canadian Rheumatoid Arthritis Core Clinical Dataset (CAN-RACCD) to encourage best practices and to facilitate future quality measurement efforts. The CAN-RACCD was developed through a three-phase program that included an environmental scan to identify a candidate set of core data elements, stakeholder meetings to prioritize elements for inclusion, and a modified-Delphi process to finalize the core clinical dataset. Broad input was gained from 47 rheumatologists, people living with arthritis, and allied health providers from across Canada. The CAN-RACCD includes 49 individual data elements across nine categories, such as:

1) demographic

2) dates

3) clinical data

4) disease activity

5) comorbidities

6) smoking status

7) patient-reported outcomes

8) medications

9) laboratory and radiographic data

This is an important first step in standardizing measurement that will help improve the routine quality of care of people living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Please click here for an open access manuscript by Barber C et al. Development of a Canadian Core Clinical Dataset to Support High-quality Care for Canadian Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. (J Rheumatol. 2017 Dec;44(12):1813-1822. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.170421. Epub 2017 Oct 1.)

L’Alliance de l’arthrite du Canadale Collège des médecins de famille du Canada (CMFC) et le Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) se sont associés pour créer un Outil d’information sur l’arthrose.

 L’outil sur l’arthrose a été développé pour fournir aux médecins de famille et aux professionnels de la santé des connaissances et des compétences professionnelles essentielles pour :

    • identifier, évaluer, surveiller et traiter efficacement les personnes atteintes d’arthrose
    • aider les patients atteints d’arthrose à jouer un rôle actif dans leurs soins en leur donnant accès à de l’information et des ressources pertinentes les dirigeant vers les professionnels appropriés, et ce, au bon moment dans leur parcours de soins.
    • aider les médecins de famille à comprendre que l’arthrose est une maladie chronique courante et traitable
    • recommander des traitements spécifiques non pharmacologiques et pharmacologiques

Nous vous encourageons à partager l"Outil avec votre personnel, les intervenants locaux, d'autres cliniciens, ainsi qu'avec vos collegues:

    • Publiez sur votre site Web : Le communiqué conjoint de l’AAC et du CMFC; Une version légèrement mise à jour de l’Outil et La bannière de l’Outil sur l’arthrose
    • Publiez sur Facebook
    • Publiez sur Twitter en utilisant le mot-clic #Outilarthros
    • Faites la promotion de cette initiative dans vos réseaux professionnels, y compris sur LinkedIn, en utilisant le mot-clic #Outilarthrose
    • Partagez vos commentaires et vos impressions après avoir utilisé l’Outil et dites comment il vous aide dans votre clinique dans le bulletin d’information de l’AAC!
    • Envoyez vos commentaires à Lina Gazizova, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ou contactez-la si vous avez besoin de plus d’information ou de matériel supplémentaire.



Un Outil d'information sur l'arthrose

Thursday, October 26th

Public Health Agency of Canada: National surveillance of arthritis in Canada: Results from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System 

Arthritis Consumer-Patient Organizations and Groups Coalition Workshop: Patient Experiences and Perspectives of Inflammatory Arthritis Models of Care: Gaps, Solutions and Pushing for Implementation

AAC Research Workshop/Session: Building an Economic Business Case for Models of Care for Patients with Inflammatory Arthritis (IA) –includes slides from Expert 

Friday, October 27th

 AAC Joint Arthritis Models of Care (IA/OA) Workshop: Quality Improvement – Using the Model for Improvement to Implement IA and OA Models of Care

AAC Inflammatory Arthritis (IA) Models of Care Workshop for Early Career Rheumatologists: Setting up a Model of Care in Practice at the Start of Your Career 

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) have developed the Osteoarthritis Tool  to provide family physicians and health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to:

    • effectively identify, assess, monitor and care for people with OA
    • help OA patients take an active role in their self-care – by providing access to the right information and resources, at the right time, with the right providers
    • help family physicians and other healthcare providers understand that OA is a common, treatable, chronic illness identify, assess, and monitor OA
    • recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies.


We encourage you to support this important initiative and share it with staff members, local stakeholders and other clinicians, and collegues:

    • Post to your website: Joint AAC-CFPC News Release; an OA Tool, and OA Tool banner
    • Post to Facebook
    • Post to Twitter using the hashtag #OATool
    • Promote this initiative among your professional networks, such as LinkedIn, using the hashtag #OATool
    • Send an OA Tool postcard by mail or email or use it as a leave-behind
    • Share your feedback and impressions on using the Tool and how it is helping in your practice in the AAC newsletter; as well;
    • Send your comments or contact Lina Gazizova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you need any further details or require additional materials.



Osteoarthritis Tool