The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is looking for part-time Clinical Data Coordinators to support the Fragility and Stability Program. Position Summary: Reporting to the Fragility and Stability Project Manager, this position is responsible for: Coordination of manual data collection ...Continue Reading
ALERT: Routine Testing for Metal Ion Levels in Blood Not Recommended Currently for All Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Patients
The Advisory Committee overseeing the Alberta HIP study does not currently recommend routine testing for metal ion levels in patients who have had a metal-on-metal hip resurfacing. The committee advises metal-on-metal hip resurfacing patients to contact their orthopaedic surgeon if they are experiencing problems in their resurfaced hip.
Alberta HIP is a long-term study, begun in 2004, comparing the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip resurfacing with conventional total hip replacement. Currently, more than 1,000 Albertans are participating. They will be followed for 10 years from their surgery date.
The health significance of elevated metal ions in the blood has not yet been determined.
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A new type of researcher has been added to the research community in Alberta. Patient and Community Engagement Researchers, or PACERs, have been actively engaged in qualitative research over the past year exploring patient-centric issues relating to Alberta’s health system. The first wave ...Continue Reading
Yesterday, The Herald reported on the phenomenon of Calgary-area surgeons transporting their patients to the Caribbean for surgery in order to bypass the long wait lists plaguing the public health system (read more). Drs. Ian Lo and James MacKenzie discussed their decision to travel south with ...Continue Reading
The quality of care for hip and knee replacement patients in Alberta has been fundamentally transformed over the past decade. Today, patients are getting quicker access to consultation and surgery, having better results from their surgery, getting home from hospital sooner, and experiencing ...Continue Reading
Next Available Surgeon queuing is designed to smooth patient demand for care across many physicians. Incoming referrals are pooled and attached to the next available surgeon that is appropriate for the patient. The benefits are more predictable wait times, less variation between the shortest ...Continue Reading
CBC’s Doug Dirks interviews Linda Woodhouse, Scientific Director for the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, on improving healthcare delivery in Alberta. She explains how the public health system is being transformed using collaborative models of care, team-based funding ...Continue Reading
Re: “Why this surgeon is opting out of medicare,” Dr. Robert Hollinshead, Opinion, Dec. 20. Is it Groundhog Day in Alberta? We Albertans seem doomed to wake every day to the same thorny and emotional debate: public health care versus private health care. Read more at the Calgary Herald.Continue Reading
There are few universal constants in life (aside from death and taxes), but one pervasive truth exists: change is hard. There are many reasons for this; inertia, taking comfort from familiar routines, and a misdirected desire to function at peak efficiency are just some of the reasons that ...Continue Reading