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National Resource List on Arthritis Care


American College of Rheumatology
The ACR is the professional organization of rheumatologists and associated health professionals.  The patient resources section of their website has consumer- friendly information.
American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational therapists provide customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities. Click on About Occupational Therapy, and search “arthritis” for tips on living with arthritis and a fact sheet.
American Physical Therapy Association and
The APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system. 
Arthritis Foundation
The AF offers a lot of information on living with arthritis, facts, the latest research and advocacy.
For Community Support Networks, visit
Osteoarthritis Action Alliance 
The OAAA engages individuals with Osteoarthritis (OA), their family/friends and caregivers with strategies to minimize disease progression and optimize quality of life through effective clinical and self-management strategies (e.g., physical activity, movement, weight management, and self-management education). It also seeks to prevent the onset of OA through effective injury prevention and weight management strategies.

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.

United States Bone and Joint Initiative and
The USBJI offers Experts in Arthritis to communities throughout the US for people with arthritis or those who care about them, to learn about disease management from a local expert, at no cost, as well as information online. The USBJI also maintains BMUS, a single source of prevalence, healthcare utilization and cost data on arthritis in the US for educational, research, and advocacy purposes.
U.S. Government Resources
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (
NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists; information on research progress. Look for the section on Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases and select either basic or in-depth information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Arthritis Program
Information about arthritis for adults and children.
MedlinePlus provides information on the latest treatments, information on a drug or supplement, the meanings of words, and medical videos and illustrations; links to the latest medical research and information about clinical trials.   
Healthfinder® provides resources on health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations (in English and Spanish).

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