Welcome to the Bone and Joint Canada (BJC) web site. We are pleased to provide you with information about our programs and how we are working with our partners across Canada to improve the lives for people with bone and joint problems.
The mandate for BJC since its inception over 10 years ago has been knowledge translation (sharing advances in research, innovative models for delivering health care and treatments for patients). As a country of 10 provinces and 3 territories we have great initiatives happening in many different regions where we can learn from each other. There remains an important opportunity to maximize sharing of that knowledge across provincial boundaries to implement evidence-based programs and provide the best care for common bone and joint conditions. As such BJC has worked with clinical health care professionals, researchers, government policy makers, medical administrators and patients to develop tools and toolkits that reflect current research evidence as well as the best practices for specific conditions. These are made available to the provinces who can implement changes to improve care for their populations.
Although the initial programs for BJC were in surgery, including hip and knee replacement surgery and hip fracture surgery. Over the last few years BJC has moved to rehabilitation including implementation of the GLA:D program (www.GLADcanada.ca) to help individuals with hip and knee osteoarthritis. We also have initiatives in sports injury prevention, spine care, as well as mentorship for clinician researchers and scientists.
We look forward to working with our partners over the next few years to continue to implement evidence-based care so that we can improve the lives of Canadians across our great nation.
Dr. Albert Yee, Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine