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OACareTools: Osteoarthritis Prevention & Management in Primary Care

Providers in primary care settings encounter the majority of patients with osteoarthritis (OA)- not rheumatologists or orthopedists! This Toolkit is designed for family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals, athletic trainers, fitness professionals and other care providers who play a critical role in detecting OA early and establishing management strategies with patients that may delay pain and stiffness and retain mobility and function.

Contents of this Toolkit include educational information for primary care providers to expand their knowledge of OA as well as patient-facing handouts and resources that can help empower patients to engage in self-management strategies to complement clinical care. The nine self-paced modules are independently designed such that providers can engage with the content as their own interests and knowledge gaps guide them, and modules do not need to be viewed consecutively or in any particular order. Within each module, providers can download a PDF of the content as well as relevant patient handouts.

Toolkit Modules

The Osteoarthritis Prevention & Management in Primary Care Toolkit was funded, in part, by a Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning and Change and by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Toolkit contents are solely the responsibility of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance and acknowledged stakeholders and are based on best evidence and best practices in medicine. The OAAA expresses appreciation to U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative for their partnership in developing the Toolkit and to the field of experts comprising the Stakeholder panel for their many contributions. A list of Stakeholders and contributors can be found on the Stakeholders and Acknowledgements page.

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