Conferences

31st IHCA AGM 2019 preview

‘A sustainable plan is needed to stabilise recruitment and retention of consultants’ By Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments President of the IHCA Dr Donal O’Hanlon expresses concern about the continued gaps in care experienced in the Irish health service The Association launched its social media campaign #CareCantWait in…

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‘A sustainable plan is needed to stabilise recruitment and retention of consultants’

President of the IHCA Dr Donal O’Hanlon expresses concern about the continued gaps in care experienced in the Irish health service The Association launched its social media campaign #CareCantWait in June to highlight the unacceptable delays in providing timely, high-quality hospital and mental healthcare which would not be tolerated in any comparable OECD country.   We…

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‘The most significant opportunity is to fully staff our consultant teams by restoring parity for new consultants’

Secretary General of the IHCA Mr Martin Varley outlines the capacity deficits in the health service and what the Association’s  #CareCantWait campaign aims to achieve Our hospital services are in a state of crisis because we have so many vacant consultant posts, insufficient bed capacity and a lack of other facilities. These factors have resulted…

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‘The way we deliver our health service must change’

In advance of the IHCA’s AGM, the Minister for Health Simon Harris writes about Sláintecare, the de Buitléir report, and the implications for consultants  I am pleased to be invited to write this article at a pivotal time for the development of our health services and for consultants who play a central role in the…

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EULAR 2019

Hand osteoarthritis improves with prednisolone By Priscilla Lynch | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented at EULAR 2019 show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. Treatments are currently limited to topical and oral…

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Hand osteoarthritis improves with prednisolone

The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented at EULAR 2019 show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. Treatments are currently limited to topical and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain. However, studies have shown that synovial inflammation is…

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Disease control on tocilizumab

The results of a randomised controlled trial presented at EULAR 2019 demonstrate high levels of treatment success in approximately two-thirds of patients despite tapered glucocorticoid (GC) discontinuation, while a small loss of disease control was observed at the total study population level. “On the basis of our results, we believe that all patients achieving low…

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Disease remission associated with 80% reduction in cardiovascular outcomes

Remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an 80 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular outcomes, the results of a study presented at EULAR 2019 show. “The heightened risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is in large part a consequence of uncontrolled inflammation. By demonstrating that remission of…

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Being overweight linked to psoriatic arthritis

The results of a study presented at EULAR 2019 demonstrate significant correlation between body mass index (BMI) and disease severity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Although PsA has been associated with an enhanced prevalence of obesity and being overweight, few studies have assessed the relationship between weight and the severity of disease in these patients. Results…

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Gout patients suffering in silence

The results of a 14 country pan-European survey presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest gout is being diagnosed late, is not well controlled, and is not regularly monitored. The survey included 1,100 patients with gout and found a quarter were not diagnosed until they had four or more flares. Furthermore,…

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