In Newfoundland & Labrador, more than 100,000 people, or 1 in 5, live with the pain of arthritis and that number is expected to grow – making arthritis one of the most prevalent chronic diseases. Arthritis costs the Canadian economy over $33 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and heath-care costs and this number is expected to more than double over the next twenty years.
Patient Partners in Arthritis, an organization that works to change the way medical research is completed by including patients in the process, is calling out for volunteers. If you are living with arthritis, have a flexible schedule, and are comfortable leading small groups and sharing your experiences with arthritis to benefit future healthcare professionals, contact Maureen Dickson at 364-1976 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Patients can also play a role in their healthcare team by learning about their chronic illness. Self-management courses are available online and in-person, as well as evidence-based arthritis publications to help you learn more about your disease and management techniques.