Winter (Volume 28, Number 4)

Arthritis Alliance of Canada: Osteoarthritis (OA) Information Tool for Patients

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Last year, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP), developed and launched the Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool (available at to help family doctors assist patients who have suspected, new or established OA of the hands, knees or hips. Earlier this year, a working group of the AAC, composed of representatives from patient-led or patient-focused organizations and clinical and scientific experts in OA, was formed to develop a patient version of the tool to assist those with or at risk of OA, in having better conversations with their doctor or other health care professional by informing them about the care they can expect to receive.

The working committee conducted a survey among the arthritis consumer community and stakeholders to help inform what key pieces of information from the original OA Tool for family doctors should also be included in the OA Information Tool for Patients. The working team received a strong response, which included 328 English and 94 French responses. The survey results were analyzed and assisted in the development of this valuable resource.

The initial draft of the Tool will be presented to AAC members and the community early 2019. The final product is expected to be launched in March 2019!

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