Rheumatology

Assessment of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database for national population health monitoring: working paper – AIHW – 17 October 2014

Posted on October 21, 2014. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: |

Assessment of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database for national population health monitoring: working paper – AIHW – 17 October 2014

“This working paper uses the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s recently developed assessment framework to assess the suitability of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database as a potential new data source for population health monitoring of inflammatory arthritis.”
ISBN 978-1-74249-649-8; Cat. no. PHE 181; 26pp

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Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions across the life stages – AIHW – 16 May 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Orthopaedics, Rheumatology | Tags: |

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions across the life stages – AIHW – 16 May 2014

“Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions affect an estimated 6.1 million Australians (approximately 28% of the total population) across all ages. Due to their diverse nature, there is considerable variation in the prevalence, treatment and management, and quality of life of people with these conditions across various life stages. This report describes these impacts in the following age groups: childhood (0–15), young adulthood (16–34), middle years (35–64), older Australians (65–79) and Australians aged 80 or over.”

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978-1-74249-569-9; Cat. no. PHE 173; 125pp

Media release: Arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis across life stages profiled in new report – AIHW – 16 May 2014

“The prevalence, treatment and experiences of people affected by arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions have been quantified in a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions across the life stages, looks at these conditions across various stages of life.

‘Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are common, affecting an estimated 6.1 million Australians (28% of the total population) in 2011-12. Our report looks more closely at the age profile of these conditions and their impact,’ said AIHW spokesperson Louise York.”

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The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 Years – Arthritis Alliance of Canada – October 2011

Posted on October 31, 2011. Filed under: Rheumatology |

The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 Years – Arthritis Alliance of Canada – October 2011

“The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 Years focuses on two forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but these are only part of the larger family of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, a family that numbers in excess of 100 separate conditions”  …
“The goals of the report are to better understand the burden of arthritis on Canadians living with the disease today and over the next 30 years and to investigate the potential impact of targeted arthritis interventions to mitigate this burden.
Four targeted interventions thought to offer the greatest return on public investment are examined in the report: three for OA and one for RA”

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RA and Physiotherapy: a national survey – The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – 12 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Physiotherapy, Rheumatology |

RA and Physiotherapy: a national survey – The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – 12 October 2011

New research reveals ‘significant breach of Rheumatoid Arthritis medical guidelines on the use of physiotherapy’

One in three people with RA wait for more than a year for referral to a physiotherapist

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) today (12 October) publish a new UK-wide report highlighting the medical evidence around the benefits of physiotherapy in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), but also uncovering serious problems in the way physiotherapy services are being organised and accessed throughout the UK.

The report, the launch of which coincides with World Arthritis Day, calls for new measures to be introduced in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to increase compliance with RA medical guidelines and to protect existing physiotherapy services. A survey of NRAS members with RA also uncovered shockingly low referral rates, despite clear evidence that physiotherapy improved their function and mobility.”  … continues

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Arthritis and Osteoporosis in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007-08 – ABS – released 29 July 2011

Posted on August 2, 2011. Filed under: Health Status, Rheumatology | Tags: |

Arthritis and Osteoporosis in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007-08 – ABS – released 29 July 2011
4843.0.55.001  Australian Bureau of Statistics

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The ignored majority: the voice of arthritis – Arthritis Australia – 24 March 2011

Posted on March 29, 2011. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: |

The voice of arthritis – Arthritis Australia – 24 March 2011   A national survey to discover the impact of arthritis on Australians

“Arthritis Australia launches The Voice of Arthritis at Parliament House; 24 March 2011

The Ignored Majority – The Voice of Arthritis 2011

Report estimates there are two million six hundred thousand (2.6 million) Australians with inadequate care, who are needlessly suffering pain, have difficulty getting about and are being disadvantaged at work. They feel let down by general practitioners, specialists and the health care system.

It’s time the impact of arthritis on the community and the economy was recognised through the availability of:
• Better education for GPs
• Faster access to better medicines
• Streamlined access to disability services and government benefits
• Fair alignment of research funding with the burden of individual National Health Priorities.”

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A snapshot of arthritis in Australia 2010 – AIHW – published 15 October 2010

Posted on October 15, 2010. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: , , |

A snapshot of arthritis in Australia 2010 – AIHW – published 15 October 2010

Arthritis series no. 13

“This snapshot brings together the latest data on arthritis in Australia. The purpose of the snapshot is to provide the latest statistical information in a timely and efficient manner.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 15 October 2010; ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-048-9; AIHW cat. no. PHE 126; 24pp

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Life with Arthritis in Canada : A personal and public health challenge – Public Health Agency of Canada – July 2010

Posted on July 23, 2010. Filed under: Orthopaedics, Rheumatology | Tags: , |

Life with Arthritis in Canada : A personal and public health challenge – Public Health Agency of Canada – July 2010

ISBN: 978-1-100-15986-7    (PDF 2.9 MB)

Extract
“This report, Life with Arthritis in Canada: A personal and public challenge is the second national surveillance report on arthritis. Using the most recent data sources available, it provides an overview of arthritis in the Canadian population and its wide-ranging impact. It also suggests approaches for reducing the risk of developing some types of arthritis (osteoarthritis and gout) in addition to minimizing disability and improving the quality of life of those living with any type of arthritis.”

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Rheumatology nursing: results of a survey exploring the performance and activity of rheumatology nurses – RCN – August 2009

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Nursing, Rheumatology |

Rheumatology nursing: results of a survey exploring the performance and activity of rheumatology nurses

This report provides preliminary data about the work and activity of nurses working in the rheumatology field. It identifies the scope and breadth of nursing activity, while enabling nurses to compare their skills and competences against other specialists in their field of practice. The guidance also provides an important resource for commissioners, who are seeking to understand and plan the provision of the specialist support and workforce needs.

Royal College of Nursing – publications

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Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis – UK National Audit Office report – 15 July 2009

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: , |

Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis – UK National Audit Office report – 15 July 2009

* Publication date: 15 July 2009
* HC: 823 2008-2009
* ISBN: 9780102955071

Extract from the press release:
“Too many people with rheumatoid arthritis are not being diagnosed or treated quickly enough, and some services for people with the disease are not coordinated enough, according to a report published today by the National Audit Office. Delay in treatment is detrimental to patients’ health, their quality of life and, with three quarters of people of working age when diagnosed, the economy. The estimated cost to the economy of sick leave and work-related disability for people with rheumatoid arthritis is £1.8 billion a year.”

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Mapping the impact: Exploring the payback of arthritis research RAND Corporation 2009

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Research, Rheumatology | Tags: , |

Mapping the impact: Exploring the payback of arthritis research RAND Corporation document MG-862-ARC 2009

By: Steven Wooding, Edward Nason, Tony Starkey, Stephen Hanney, Jonathan Grant

“The decision of the Arthritis Research campaign (arc) to map its entire research portfolio and analyze the returns and outcomes associated with individual investments was ground-breaking. Nothing similar had been attempted by other major funding organisations and there was no freely available tool for the task, this report describes the tool that was developed to carry out this task, the RAND/ARC Impact Scoring System (RAISS). The mapping tool had to be capable of producing data that would stand up to sophisticated analysis while imposing minimal time and cost burdens on administrators, researchers and data processors. The final tool took the form of a simple, tick-box-based Web questionnaire that took most researchers less than an hour to complete. The impact map generated by the tool enables arc to see the returns from individual grants and compare different types of grant. The charity intends to use accumulated data to inform its funding strategy and project Evaluation.”

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Rheumatoid arthritis: National clinical guideline for management and treatment in adults (UK) – Developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: |

Rheumatoid arthritis: National clinical guideline for management and treatment in adults (UK) – Developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions

The guideline covers the management of people with RA all the way through the disease process – from early identification to severe disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis guideline – report

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A picture of rheumatoid arthritis in Australia

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: |

A picture of rheumatoid arthritis in Australia – prepared jointly by the AIHW, Arthritis Australia, the Australian Rheumatology Association and the Department of Health and Ageing.  March 2009

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Rheumatoid arthritis – new NICE guidance February 2009

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: , |

Rheumatoid arthritis: the management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults
Guidance type:  Clinical guideline
Date issued:  February 2009

Summary

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease in which joints in the body become inflamed, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. It is known as an ‘autoimmune disease’ because it is caused when the body’s immune system, which normally fights infection, starts to attack healthy joints. At times, rheumatoid arthritis can be very painful and affect a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is not known why rheumatoid arthritis develops, and there is no cure. However, understanding of the disease has improved, and there are now effective treatments that can help ease the pain and symptoms, and slow down the disease. It is very important that treatment is started early to minimise damage to joints.

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. It does not specifically look at other types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis. NICE has also produced guidance on osteoarthritis.

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Perceptions of patients and professionals on rheumatoid arthritis care – King’s Fund report from January 2009

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Rheumatology | Tags: , |

This report by The King’s Fund for the Rheumatology Futures Group is the result of a study of the perceptions of patients and professionals of the delivery of care.  33 p.

It explores whether care for people with rheumatoid arthritis has improved in recent years and seeks to determine the key factors influencing perceptions of treatment. The report outlines key priorities for action in how to improve care for people with rheumatoid arthritis. There are two supporting documents from The King’s Fund and York Health Economics Consortium.

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