The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI) is an independent charitable organization whose strength is turning knowledge into better care for people with bone and joint health conditions. ABJHI uses the best evidence available to develop innovative products and concepts that improve patient health across Alberta.
The Need for Bone and Joint Health Care
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal disorders, low back pain, and major trauma are among 200 musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions affecting hundreds of millions of people globally. These debilitating, and oftentimes chronic, conditions are painful, lead to mobility loss and social isolation, inhibit the ability to work, and over long periods cause a deterioration of general health. The pervasiveness of these conditions around the globe and the associated high cost of care, lost productivity and reduced quality of life impose a heavy burden on society.
Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute
Recognizing a significant need in the health care field, ABJHI is dedicated to collaborating with healthcare partners and developing innovative solutions that advance knowledge of bone and joint health. As a not-for-profit organization and registered charity, our work is supported by partnerships with Alberta Health Services, universities, medical and health practitioners, researchers, non-profits, educators, government, and private donors. Our services include designing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based continuums of care, brokering the relationships required to advance bone and joint health care, providing project and research management services, and conducting advanced analytics in support of our partners.
Our Guiding Principles
These 6 guiding principles are integrated into everything we do and say – they form the foundation of our collective identity.
All our decision-making and actions must stand the test of moral and principled behaviour.
Our actions and behaviour individually and collectively reflect our words. Honesty and sincerity form the foundation on which we build enduring relationships.
We recognize that health care is a shared responsibility and improvement in it requires a united effort.
All change in health care should be supported by evidence that it improves quality of care in some way.
We see the reasoned expression of differences – in opinions, character and interests – as a sign of passion and a source of energy.
We take ownership of our actions. We have the courage and confidence to hold ourselves accountable to our coworkers and to others with whom we interact. We know that in a healthy culture, improvement, not blame, is the purpose of accountability.
Better Bones, Better Joints, Better Being.
Be a source of truth for improving bone and joint health of Albertans through collaboration with patients, clinical professionals, researchers, healthcare professionals and government.