JointHealth™ express   November 13, 2013

Does a Google a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada will be having their annual ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) forum – a FREE and educational public forum for the community.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
10:00 am to 12:30 pm PST

WHERE: In-Person at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre
818 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC


WEBCAST: A link to the live online webcast will be sent to those that register.

Or Phone: 604-207-4006


What is ROAR?
To ensure that the latest research reaches people with arthritis, members of the Consumer Advisory Board (people with arthritis) are hosting ROAR (Reaching Out with Arthritis Research) on Saturday, November 30, 2013. ROAR is an interactive, educational forum that was developed in British Columbia nine years ago. At this event, the latest research findings are presented to people with arthritis, their family members and the public, in easy-to-understand language.

What can I expect at ROAR?
Patients, doctors, researchers and ethicists will gather to discuss the benefits and harms of using online technologies in health and healthcare. Presentations include:
  • Alison Hoens and Sharan Rai: The Patients' View of Internet Health Information.
  • Professor Emeritus Michael McDonald: Ethics in the Age of E-Health.
  • Kelly English: Patient's Use of Online Support Groups.
  • Dr. Anne Townsend: E-Health Research - Looking at Benefits and Burdens.
  • Dr. Diane Lacaille: Online Tools to Help Self-Manage and Make Decisions.
  • Dr. Eric Cadesky: Using E-Health with Patients.
Each presentation will be followed by a short Q and A and discussion session designed to further the conversation both online and in person. At the end of the event, the Speakers Panel will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Who should attend?
Patients with arthritis and other chronic diseases, healthcare professionals, researchers and the general public will all benefit from this discussion. Even if you are not as familiar with computers, we encourage you to join the conversation.

Whether you join us in person or online, you will be given a unique opportunity to raise your concerns and questions with doctors, patients, and researchers. Plus you can tell those who steer and shape the direction of research about your experience of living with chronic illness.

This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided.