THEREFORE BPW CANADA strongly urges the Government of Canada in general and in particular Health Canada to:1. acknowledge that arthritis is a national priority.2. establish a special parliamentary committee to address the needs of Canadians with arthritis.3. develop, from a clinical perspective, evidence based medicine for arthritis care as a foundation for standardized treatment guidelines and outcome measures.FURTHER BPW Canada strongly urges the Government of Canada in general and in particular Health Canada, in co-operation with provincial ministries of health, to implement a coordinated national/regional strategy to:1. standardize treatment guidelines and outcome measures so that Canadians with arthritis receive comparable and appropriate care regardless of economic status and geographic location;2. assist Canadians with arthritis in performing daily living activities and returning to work, thus promoting self-reliance and improving quality of life;3. improve literacy about arthritis among Canadians; and4. designate significant funding commensurate with the scope of the burden imposed by arthritis for basic science and clinical research, and improved delivery of care.
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