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  • COVID-19 Resources for People with Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

New Resources to Help Healthcare Providers and their Patients Manage Osteoarthritis

Do you see patients with osteoarthritis?Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a serious disease affecting 1 in 7 US adults. The personal and economic burden of OA is significant, and the effects are felt by adults with OA, their families, employers, and communities. The good news is that there are strategies to help prevent and manage OA.

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) collaborated with Pfizer to update and expand OACareTools, an online toolkit that aims to reduce the burden of osteoarthritis (OA), a painful and costly disease. OACareTools contains 21 NEW tools and resources for healthcare providers in primary care— physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical/occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals, athletic trainers, fitness professionals—and their patients.

In addition to 9 self-paced educational modules on OA, OACareTools also includes customized, multi-modal tools and resources for providers and patients, such as:

  • Guidelines for managing OA – Learn about the latest clinical guidelines, at a glance.
  • Functional assessments – Learn about a variety of functional assessments used in OA care and get tips for implementing these assessments into routine care.
  • Exercise Rx for Arthritis – Help your patients find the type, frequency, and intensity of physical activity that best meets their personal needs and situation.
  • Evidence-based programs – Physical activity and self-management education programs for patients with OA that may be available in your community.
  • Getting started with physical activity – A worksheet with recommendations and guidance to help patients develop their own physical activity plans.

Visit www.oacaretools.org for a complete listing and description of resources. In addition, visit the Adult & Employee page for resources that providers can make available to their patients as well.

If we are to ensure that healthcare remains affordable and widely available for future generations, we need to radically rethink how we provide and manage it – in collaboration with key health system partners – and apply the technology that can help achieve these changes.
Frans van Houten

 

COVID-19 Resources for People with Arthritis

Managing OA during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • Axios: How stronger hands lengthen your life (3/16/2022)
  • Healio: Meta-analysis shows fewer than 10K steps daily can reduce older adults’ mortality risk (3/15/2022)
  • CreakyJoints: Top questions answered about exercising with inflammatory arthritis (3/15/2022)
  • CreakyJoints: How I cope with the emotions of pain-free days (3/14/2022)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “How can shoes or insoles help with knee osteoarthritis?” (3/13/2022)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “When Should You Be Doing Your Exercises” (3/11/2022)
  • Versus Arthritis: Tips for gardening with arthritis (3/10/2022)
  • Healio: Study suggests appropriateness of TKA for young, willing patients with knee OA (3/8/2022)
  • WebMD: ‘Walkable’ neighborhoods linked to less obesity and diabetes (3/4/2022)
  • Arthritis Research Canada: The Spring 2022 edition of The Arthritis Newsletter has been released (3/2/2022)
  • Booming Encore: 11 things I know for sure about retirement (3/1/2022)

OARSI infographicIn collaboration with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, OARSI hosted an infographic competition aimed at policymakers. Congratulations to Vicky Duong, Bridget Graham, and Belinda Lawford for their winning infographic for policymakers entitled “Improving Care for Osteoarthritis: The Forgotten Chronic Disease”
https://oarsi.org/research/infographic-oa-serious-disease

 

Webinars

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Resources for OA Researchers

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