Canadian kids with arthritis not seeing specialists soon enough

The majority of Canadian children with juvenile arthritis don’t see specialists within the suggested time frame for early, effective care, according to a new report. Delays in diagnosis result in greater disability in the early stages of the disease.

“We know from past research and experience in caring for children with arthritis and their families that the impact of this condition is often life-changing and far-reaching,” said Dr. Lori Tucker, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the B.C. Children’s Hospital and UBC. “The fact that there are significant delays before children with arthritis are seen by a pediatric rheumatology specialist may be related to the overall lack of awareness and knowledge of this condition.”

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Toronto Sun, Thu Mar 1 2012, Link to full text