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COACH - Creating Opportunities for Arthritis Control at Home

COACH – Creating Opportunities for Arthritis Control at Home – is a set of training modules designed for providers who see patients with arthritis and want to encourage them to manage arthritis outside the clinic, in their day-to-day lives at home.
Drawing on Motivational Interviewing, Brief Action Planning, Stages of Change, and other approaches to behavior change, COACH features techniques that help patients address the risk factors for arthritis as well as many other chronic conditions.
COACH is based on Experts in Arthritis, a U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative (USBJI), one of several free USBJI programs for people with arthritis and those who care about them.

COACH is designed for healthcare providers who see patients with arthritis in their practices, but are not rheumatologists or specialists in diagnosing and treating different forms of arthritis. Nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, social workers, are primary care providers and others from many disciplines may find COACH useful in supporting their patients with self-management techniques and encouragement.

After completing the COACH online curriculum, providers will be able to:
  • Understand their patients’ readiness for change
  • Recognize and elicit patient goals and barriers to self-management
  • Describe techniques to encourage and support self-management (specifically Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and Brief Action Planning) – may be refresher/booster for some; newer material for others
  • Apply these techniques to customize self-management support to meet individual patients’ needs so they can adopt and maintain specific practices at home
  • Convey content from Experts in Arthritis to support patient self-management
  • Refer patients to community resources
  • Determine when referrals to specialists are warranted
The COACH tools are organized into six modules:
  1. An overview of the different types of arthritis
  2. Patient perceptions and misperceptions
  3. The roles of providers in helping patients manage their arthritis
  4. Overview of behavior change approaches
  5. Arthritis-specific content for using behavior change tools [link here to handouts for providers/patients]
  6. Additional resources for providers and patients: Link 
Webinar - Link