Spring 2018 (Volume 28, Number 1)
Patients and the Primary Care Provider
A New Patient Charter Outlines Arthritis Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities
By Dawn P. Richards, PhD; Linda Wilhelm; and Laurie Proulx
The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) undertook a grassroots campaign in 2014 to update the Canadian Arthritis Patient Bill of Rights.1 The goal was to bring new life to this important document, which largely served as an advocacy piece, and to emphasize the key role of arthritis patients in recognizing symptoms and accessing care.2
The Arthritis Patient Charter was a collaborative effort spearheaded by CAPA with input and feedback from over 730 community stakeholders from across Canada. From its initial draft to its final inception, the Arthritis Patient Charter took only eight months to complete, a testament to the Canadian arthritis community’s enthusiasm and ability to mobilize its resources.
The Arthritis Patient Charter is available at CAPA’s website (arthritispatient.ca/projects/arthritis-patient-charter/) in English and French, in an easily accessible format.3
Dr. Dawn P. Richards, PhD, Vice President, CAPA, Toronto, ON
Ms. Linda Wilhelm, President, CAPA, Midlands, Kings Country, NB
Ms. Laurie Proulx, 2nd Vice President, CAPA, Ottawa, ON
1. Canadian Arthritis Bill of Rights, 2001. Available at www.arthritis.ca/document.doc?id=565.
2. Richards DP. The Arthritis Patient Charter. CRAJ 2014; 24(4):8-9.
3. Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance. Arthritis Patient Charter, 2014. Available at: www.arthritispatient.ca/projects/arthritis-patient-charter/.