May 31, 2005 09:30 ET

Media Advisory: Getting a Grip on Arthritis:

helping health professionals care for people with arthritis Attention: Health/Medical Editor, News Editor HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - More than four million Canadians have arthritis and that number will increase as baby boomers age.

There is a shortage of arthritis specialists in Canada. As a result primary health care providers-the patient's first contact with the health care system, including family doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, and dietitians-need to know how to provide effective, efficient care for the growing numbers of Canadians with the disease.

To help primary health care providers treat the increasing number of arthritis patients, The Arthritis Society and its partners are holding a workshop on arthritis care and treatment in Hamilton Saturday June 4.

Health care providers from the Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions will be in attendance.

The workshop is called Getting a Grip on Arthritis and is one of a series of 30 being held across Canada. It gives health care providers the knowledge and tools to diagnose, manage and treat Canadians with arthritis. The workshops are delivered by multidisciplinary teams.

During the workshop specially trained patients who are part of a national group called Patient Partners in Arthritis, will do a "hands-on" demonstration with the participants of an "arthritis friendly" way to examine joints for signs of arthritis. The Patient Partners will also share their personal stories about living with this chronic disease.

"To actually meet with arthritis patients and to see their limitations in activities of daily living was a real eye opener," said one participant.

The workshop will examine:

- How to recognize the early signs of arthritis
- Best practices in the treatment of arthritis
- The latest information on arthritis medications
- Where to find support and resources in the community

WHAT: Workshop on Arthritis: Getting a Grip on Arthritis

Hosted by The Arthritis Society and its partners

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The arthritis patients will present between 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.

WHERE: McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Science, room 224
1400 Main St West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 1C7

Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information or to arrange interviews please contact:

Lisa Pridmore
National communications coordinator
The Arthritis Society
(819) 561-5799


Vicky Henderson
Director of national communications and public relations
The Arthritis Society
(416) 979-3353 ex. 393
Mobile: (416) 697-5905


The Arthritis Society is Canada's not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, community support and research-based solutions to the more than four million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its inception the Society has contributed $130 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments for arthritis and ultimately, to find a cure. The Society is also committed to providing diversified programs to help those living with this debilitating disease.

The Getting a Grip on Arthritis project is supported by a grant from Health Canada's Primary Health Care Transition Fund.

The program is a joint initiative involving The Arthritis Society and the following partners:

Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit (ACREU)
Arthritis Health Professions Association
Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations (CACHCA)
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Rheumatology Association
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Patient Partners® in Arthritis
Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre


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Contact Information

  • Vicky Henderson, Director of national communications and public relations, The Arthritis Society
    Primary Phone: 416-979-3353 ext. 353
    Secondary Phone: 416-842-1899