JointHealth™ express   May 21, 2010

National Arthritis Awareness Program Launches Phase Two: Reaching Out to Physicians

In the Fall of 2009, Arthritis Consumer Experts and The Arthritis Society launched the “Arthritis is cured! (if you want it)” National Arthritis Awareness Program (NAAP) across Canada to inform the public about arthritis and provide Canadians with greater insight into the severity of this group of diseases and information on how to access the vast arthritis research, treatment, and support networks available to them.

Informing the public is however, only one side of the equation. The “Arthritis is cured! (if you want it)” program’s purpose is not just to raise arthritis awareness with patients and their families, but also to raise awareness about arthritis issues with primary care professionals. Starting this month, through to September 2010, Phase 2 of the National Arthritis Awareness Program (NAAP) is focusing on engaging these professionals to efficiently identify and address arthritis with their patients.

To assist primary care professionals with the diagnosis and management of arthritis and in discussing arthritis with their patients, the program’s co-leaders developed an arthritis point-of-practice tool. It is a practical tool incorporating evidence-based information to help support primary care professionals in their daily practice in efficiently diagnosing and managing their patients’ arthritis, and to start a healthy dialogue with their patients about the importance of primary and secondary prevention and arthritis self-management strategies.

To learn more about Phase 2 of the “Arthritis is cured! (if you want it)” program and to get updates on the program as it progresses through the summer, please visit And, please become a fan of our Facebook page to show your support of this important aspect of raising arthritis awareness across Canada.