Chronic disease management
Arthritis management program rolled
out across Canada
NEWMARKET, Ont. – The innovative
model of care used by The Arthritis Program (TAP) at Newmarket-based
Southlake Regional Health Centre is now reaching other healthcare
providers across the country.
With the support of a Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology
Care (CIORA) grant, TAP has for the first time created a training
program designed to teach its model of care in a formalized, branded
Called the TAP Inter-professional Training Program (ITP), the initiative
is being launched in response to demand from health professionals at
other hospitals, pharmaceutical industry collaborators and healthcare
administrators, both locally and nationally, said Lorna Bain, TAP
Coordinator at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
TAP is a collaborative, inter-professional patient-centered care program
that brings together experts in arthritis care including physicians,
physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers,
and kinesiologists, as well as dietitians and clerical staff.
The aim of the program is to provide diagnosis, education and treatment
to those who have arthritis. The program has been exceedingly successful
in helping patients gain control over their disease through self
management and empowerment. The success of this model of care has led
many healthcare professionals to ask questions about how this
collaborative method works and whether it is transferable to other sites
“Since the inception of TAP, our group has received a large number of
requests for observation, coaching and mentorship from professionals
looking to transfer the application to their own sites,” explained Bain,
who managed the development of the training program. “We are pleased to
be able to fill an important gap in the industry by providing others
with the tools to understand the principals of our model of care, in
order for the model to be easily applied to their home-based clinical
setting,” she said, adding that TAP is offering partial funding support
for initial users of the training program as part of the CIORA grant.
To help develop the training program, the Southlake team conducted a
web-based survey of 157 rheumatology healthcare physicians and
practitioners across Canada last year. Designed to assess the current
models of practice nationally as well as the knowledge, skills,
attitudes and readiness relating to inter-professional collaborative (IPC)
practice in arthritis care, the survey also asked participants about
their challenges and barriers to IPC practice.
“The results of the survey demonstrate that there are many diverse
models of rheumatology care in Canada,” Bain explained, adding that only
30 percent of practitioners feel their team is currently working within
an IPC practice model. “Respondents identified a greater need for IPC
training than for clinical skills training related to rheumatology
Created in four modules that can be taught on their own or in a combined
format, TAP-ITP is effective for both individuals and teams of
practitioners, Bain explained. Although modeled on an arthritis program,
it is generic and applicable to clinical teams in a variety of settings.
The training program is delivered through a combination of e-learning,
online community information sharing, independent application exercises
and classroom studies.
“At the end of the training program, participants will walk away with
the necessary tools to be able to independently roll out elements of
this proven model of care within their own organizations,” Bain said.
For more information about TAP-ITP, please call Lorna Bain at (905)
895-4521 ext. 2274.
About Southlake Regional Health Centre
Based in Newmarket, Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service
hospital with a provincial mandate to deliver advanced diagnostic and
treatment services in cancer care, cardiac care, pediatric and perinatal
care, child and adolescent eating disorders, and child and adolescent
mental healthcare. It also specializes in arthritis care and thoracic
and cataract surgery. Serving more than one million residents of York
Region and South Simcoe, Southlake is in the process of transforming to
a teaching and research centre. For more information, go to
Posted September 9, 2010