“Put your OA Patients on the SIMPLE Path”
The pharmacist, as the most accessible healthcare provider, is in an ideal position to screen patients for OA, serve as an educator and coach regarding prevention strategies, counsel patients on the safe and effective treatment options available, and triage when necessary.
The information conveyed in this toolkit and the self-study continuing education program will give the pharmacist ideas and guidance on how to assume a more active role in the detection, prevention, and treatment of OA.
Each of the following tools is provided in 2 different versions of PDFs – web and print. If you would like to print any of them, please click on the [print] link following the title.
All print versions contain crop marks.
- Issue Brief: The Role of Pharmacists in the Detection, Prevention and Care of Osteoarthritis [print] – Overview of Pharmacists and OA
- Patient Information Sheet [web] [print] – Capture information about a patient’s OA symptoms
- Palm Card [web] [print] – Checklists of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy OA treatment options
- Prescription Pad [web] [print] – Includes screening questions on one side and potential community-based program options on the other
- SIMPLE poster [web] [print] – A poster to display for pharmacy staff and patients
- Resource Guide for Patients [online] [web] [print] – This is an extensive list of community programs that are available to help manage OA. Providing a print copy to patients can help them follow-up and find a program near them.
- One-page handout with an overview of CDC Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions [print]
- OAAA Resources for Persons with OA [link] – The OA Action Alliance Resource Library for those living with OA
- Printable 3×5 postcard [print]
The OAAA acknowledges authorship and expertise:
Tina H. Thornhill, PharmD, FASCP, BCGP
Associate Professor; Vice Chair of Experiential & Professional Education
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE program 0046-9999-19-089-H01-P provides 3 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. To receive CE credit, participants must verify attendance and complete the evaluation(s) of the program. Participants must provide their NABP e-Profile ID and birthdate (MMDD) to receive credit.
It is the participant’s responsibility to provide correct information. If incorrect information is provided, the record will be rejected by the CPE Monitor and the CPE credit will not be awarded. Statements of credit can be viewed and printed in CPE Monitor in approximately 2 to 3 weeks. If credit is not shown after this time please contact the provider. **No partial credit will be available**