Joint Action on Arthritis

On September 18, 2012 the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) released Joint Action on Arthritis: A Framework to Improve Arthritis Prevention and Care in Canada. The Framework establishes research priorities and strategies, identifies principles to guide the design and delivery of care, suggests prevention strategies, and proposes a mechanism for the arthritis community to engage with governments and the broader healthcare community.


The Framework focuses on three distinct strategies:

  1. Advance knowledge and awareness of arthritis
  2. Identify opportunities and prescribe plans to improve prevention and care
  3. Support ongoing collaboration among stakeholders, government, other chronic disease groups

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MOC Toolkit

This Master Worksheet was developed by experts who have experience with models of care (MoC). It is intended to help model developers assess the completeness of MoCs, suggest improvements and view their readiness for expansion. It can be used for the planning, development or formative evaluation of proposed MoCs.

Tool for Developing and Evaluating Models of Care

The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 years

The Impact of Arthritis in Canada: Today and Over the Next 30 Years, not only demonstrates the enormity of the growing burden of arthritis over a 30 year period, but also provides examples of how this burden can be mitigated by health awareness, education, and intervention in the future. The Report plays a major role in informing government and society, and garnering support for a National Arthritis Framework.

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Arthritis Landscape Review

Canada's leading arthritis research organizations-Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA), The Arthritis Society (TAS), Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) and the partner organizations making up the Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program (ACAP)-have come together in a fact finding exercise aimed at understanding the arthritis funding landscape, related to research. The Report summarizes Canada's strengths, needs and challenges in arthritis research.

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Summit on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care

Held in November 2005, the summit offered a unique and unprecedented platform for collective knowledge and experience to be translated into standards for arthritis prevention and care. To learn more, click here.

Frontiers of Inflammatory Joint Diseases

This 2004 conference showcased current research in the area of Inflammatory Joint Diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis), embraced Canada’s strategic niche in global arthritis research and defined research questions and priorities. To learn more, click here.

OA Consensus Conference

Attracting over 200 people in 2002, the conference captured the ongoing dialogue amongst stakeholders to identify research questions and priorities for Osteoarthritis. The next conference is set for 2006. To learn more, click here.

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada ceased its operations at the end of December 2019. This website will be kept live as an archive of all AAC reports, publications and tools until end of February 2025; however, its content won’t be updated.

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