After 17 years of success in improving the lives of Canadians with arthritis, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) is saying farewell as a unified organization and closing its doors. With more than 30 member organizations, the AAC brought together arthritis health care professionals, researchers, funding agencies, governments, voluntary sector agencies, industry and, most importantly, individuals living with arthritis. A number of key framework reports and supporting tools were developed by the AAC for both providers and patients along the continuum of care for osteoarthritis (OA) and inflammatory arthritis. The pictographic, 17 Years of Success, highlights the numerous contributions from the AAC.
The AAC’s final efforts involved the release of a patient handout aimed at supporting the discussion on joint pain between care providers and those with or at risk of OA. Patients are provided with general facts, suggestions for self-care and a guideline on what to expect during a physical examination. The “Talk to Your Doctor About Your Joint Pain” handout is freely available in letter and foldable booklet formats.
As a longstanding member of the AAC, the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute would like to extend thanks to all stakeholders involved over the years in focusing on evidence-based initiatives that pushed the agenda of improved arthritis care for Canadians.