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survey launched in Canada
April 25, 2007
activists are running an online survey to find out what areas of
research into the disease should be priorities.
"The future of arthritis research in
Canada is in your hands," the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) said in
announcing the survey on Wednesday.
"The CAN has only five more years of
federal funding left and wants to ensure that it continues to research
areas of greatest importance to people living with arthritis," Anne
Fouillard, co-chair of the network's consumer advisory council, said in
a news release.
"We want millions of people with
arthritis, their families and those interested in the disease
responding to the survey — it's a key piece in planning the CAN's
future," said Fouillard, who has osteoarthritis.
The CAN has benefited from the involvement
of people who have arthritis, said Dr. John Esdaile, scientific
director and CEO of the agency.
But it's important the research "addresses
the needs of Canadians living with the disease and the millions of
people who are going to get it over the next three decades."
Arthritis research needs more funding, he
About 4.5 million Canadians have the
disease, which causes joint inflammation. It's the leading cause of
deformity and long-term disability in Canada, but only gets about two
per cent of federal health research funding.
Arthritis causes up to 90 per cent of wait
lists for joint replacement, and wait times for such replacements
exceed all other wait times in Canada, the network said.
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