Health Care Professionals development

The 3rd Arthritis Conference 

From theory to practice: Adopting an interdisciplinary care trajectory for the optimal coordination of the arthritis patient’s care

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This continuing education activity is accredited by the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec, who will grant 6 CEU to participating pharmacists.

This professional development component, offered as part of the Quebec Forum on Arthritis, is intended for health care providers treating and supporting patients living with arthritis, more specifically:

  • Medical specialists
  • Family Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians

General Objectives for the professional development

The event aims to:

  • Create an informative sharing space about innovative interdisciplinary care trajectories for treating and supporting patients with arthritis.

Through a series of seminars and workshops, participants will be asked to:

  • Identify required actions based on various diagnoses and on the available options for the treatment of various types of inflammatory joint disease;
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of each professional, based on the patient’s needs and the targeted outcomes;
  • Identify the winning conditions and possible solutions at a local scale to facilitate the structured roll-out of an


8 A.M.: Arrival and sign-up

8:30 A.M.: Opening address


How – and with what tools – should frontline professionals take action with patients showing signs or symptoms of the disease? What are possible measures that family doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other frontline professionals can take to screen, clinically evaluate, diagnose and treat patients? What are the suggested criteria to refer a patient to a rheumatologist? What are the most efficient actions in rheumatology cases? What follow-up should be done, and by which type of professionals?

In addition to answering these questions, this seminar will show the importance of acting early on to minimize the effects of the disease. The importance of a teaching plan and of common criteria for the sharing of roles and responsibilities in order to better support each patient through the care trajectory will also be discussed.


  • Outline the care trajectory for patients with arthritis by identifying key steps in their journey
  • Establish the roles and interactions of members of the health care team at these key steps
  • Identify possible solutions to ensure a “smooth” care trajectory
  • Demonstrate the importance of an early diagnosis
  • Learn to make optimal use of decision-making tools


Dr Mark Hazeltine

Director, Centre de rhumatologie de Laval
Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montréal

Dr. Hazeltine holds degrees in internal medicine and rheumatology. Over the years he has held the titles of assistant clinical professor; head of rheumatology and specialized medicine departments; and advisor to the Association des médecins rhumatologues du Québec. He is currently the director of Laval’s rheumatology centre and a clinical lecturer at the University of Montreal’s department of family medicine. Dr. Hazeltine is also the author of a practical guide to rheumatology and founder of the PARLER program for quick access to rheumatology care for Laval residents.

Dr Gerry Bédard

Vice-President, Clinical affairs and Service Organization, Concerto Health Group
Family Doctor, Lavaltrie-Lanoraie FMG

A general practitioner with a Master’s Degree in organizational development and management, Dr. Bédard maintains his clinical practice within a family medicine group. He has performed over 20 years of primary care practice, worked in the emergency room and intensive care at the Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital, and taken on a number of medico-administrative functions, including at the Council of physicians, dentists and pharmacists, as Public Health Director and Director of Medical Affairs. Dr. Bédard has a passion for innovation; in fact, he is behind the concept and deployment of the first clinical reception service and of new personalized care trajectories based on health conditions of patients living with several chronic diseases.

10:15 A.M.: BREAK


Participants are presented with practical cases and asked to define the roles and responsibilities of each professional in an optimal interdisciplinary care trajectory. With the help of working tools, participants are asked to convey the problems experienced by patients and propose a series of measures as well as criteria for referral to other professionals. This exercise will allow participants to develop a profile of interdisciplinary practices in cases of inflammatory joint diseases.


  • Learn to understand the roles of other professionals and collaborate more efficiently with them
  • Identify the specific issues faced by each type of professional in their work with patients with arthritis
  • Use a sharing and interdisciplinary networking platform as well as tools designed for interdisciplinary work


Christiane Azar
Physiotherapist and Clinical Coordinator of the rheumatology program at the Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Amélie Bolduc
Occupational Therapist for the rheumatology program at the Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Danica Brousseau
Chiropractor, Clinical Professor, Department of Chiropractic, UQTR, 2nd Vice-President of the Quebec Order of Chiropractors, Director of the Chiropractic PhD program, UQTR

Réjean Lemay
Pharmacist, co-owner of Réjean Lemay, pharmaciens Inc. in Brownsburg-Chatham

Michèle Ouellet
Nurse, Institut de Rhumatologie de Montréal

Anne-Geneviève Pagé
Acupuncturist, member of the scientific committee of the Quebec Order of Acupuncturists

12:15 P.M.: LUNCH

Free period. Participants can register to attend the Lunch and Learn session of the Quebec Forum on Arthritis at 12:40 p.m. Lunch is complimentary for registrants to this session, a Reflection on Courage in Rheumatology presented by Dr. Monique Camerlain and hosted by Dr. Christiane Laberge.


Two interdisciplinary care success stories will be presented, followed by a period devoted to sharing and questions. This session will aim to show how an interdisciplinary approach allows for a smooth continuum of care and better access for patients. These success stories will be linked to the morning workshops on the contribution of various professionals and the issues related to interdisciplinary work.


  • Identify the winning conditions for the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach
  • Demonstrate the added value of interdisciplinary work to ensure a smooth care trajectory for the patient


Michel Laroche

Psychologist, Director of Mental Health and Addiction Programs, CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches

Michel Laroche has been a psychologist for 25 years. Ever since university, he has been interested in the psychological impact of chronic illness on people living with arthritis and on those around them. He played an important role in the development of the Aide entrAide program in Quebec City, which supports parents whose children live with arthritis, as well as adults with the disease. He is a speaker and clinical advisor for The Arthritis Society – Eastern Quebec Region. Laroche is also director of the mental health and addiction programs at CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches. Before the creation of CISSS, he was director of multidisciplinary services.

Ed Zeismann

Vice President Education, Programs and Services, The Arthritis Society

Ed Ziesmann is Vice President, Education, Programs and Services at The Arthritis Society. In this capacity, he is responsible for three key portfolios: self-management education and programs that directly support people with arthritis; healthcare professional development programs including arthritis-specific training programs for healthcare groups and clinicians; and professional services, specifically, the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program that delivers direct care to people with arthritis in Ontario through the use of a variety of models of care and interprofessional relationships.
Ed holds a BA (Physical Education), BSc (Physiotherapy), MBA (Health Services) and has been a Registered Physiotherapist in Ontario since 1984.

2:55 P.M.: BREAK


These workshops are an opportunity for participants to discuss innovative local initiatives and to suggest possible ways of organizing services adapted to the needs of patients with arthritis and to the essential interdisciplinary work. The session will conclude with a plenary where participants will share an idea put forward in their small groups and a concrete action that could be included in a project for local action plans on inflammatory joint diseases.


  • Share factors that contributed to the success of innovative experiences that have contributed to improve services for people with inflammatory joint diseases
  • Identify key elements for the deployment of an integrated continuum of care and services in collaboration will all the partners of a local services network


Moderator to be confirmed


Communication is at the heart of interdisciplinary practice. The speaker will therefore address the main concepts and issues related to communication in the health sector in order to facilitate knowledge transfer and provide a few simple and practical tools to participants.


  • Learn the principles of communication in the health field and put them into practice
  • Provide tools to improve knowledge transfer and communication between health care professionals


Dre Marie-Thérèse Lussier

Associate professor at the University of Montréal’s department of family and emergency medicine, Director of the University of Montréal’s research network on primary care and Director of the research team on primary care of the CSSS Laval

In her research, Dr. Lussier primarily analyses the consultation process in health care, and more specifically communication between general practitioners and their patients. She is also interested in the management of chronic diseases in primary care, (high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma, etc.) and in the use of information technology to support health care teams. She is the scientific co-editor of the second edition of La communication professionnelle en santé, published in January 2016 and written by 40 health care professionals and communication experts. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Lussier has published a number of scientific and lay articles.