Getting a GRIP on Arthritis

Series Overview
The Getting a Grip on Arthritis series will provide primary health care providers the opportunity to improve their ability to identify arthritis, review current approaches to the management of arthritis, and provide helpful advice to people with arthritis.

While the Getting a Grip on Arthritis modules focus on the learning needs of Canadian family physicians, the role and importance of the primary care team in the arthritis care continuum are also emphasized. The modules may therefore be relevant to a variety of health professionals. All primary care providers are welcome to participate in the courses.

Why design a series like this?
The Getting a Grip on Arthritis series builds on The Arthritis Society’s first ever Canada-wide arthritis training program for health care providers – also called Getting a Grip on Arthritis. This program delivered a series of 30 workshops to primary health care providers across Canada. The new online learning modules leverage the success of the original program and provide access to current evidence supporting arthritis care to Canadian primary care providers.


Funding for development and evaluation of this program was provided by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Knowledge to Action Grant.

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Getting a Grip on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, being the most common form of arthritis, accounts for the vast majority of “joint pain” visits to health care providers and is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. This continuing professional development (CPD) program will aid in your understanding of the arthritis clinical practice guidelines and will help you develop new strategies to improve communications/referral between allied health professionals. The program employs a case-based approach whereby you will be presented with 3 “virtual patient” cases designed to simulate common clinical presentations of arthritis. Each case utilizes several interactive elements that encourage you to take clinical actions and receive immediate feedback from the virtual patient.

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Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, is a type of inflammatory arthritis that results in a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder of the (synovial) joints. There is no cure for RA; however, early diagnosis and appropriate management strategies can improve symptoms. This continuing professional development (CPD) program will help you develop an understanding of RA and support the development of strategies to improve communications/referral health care providers and community resources. This program employs a case-based approach to learning wherein you will be presented with 3 "virtual patient" cases designed to simulate common clinical presentations of RA. Each case utilizes several interactive elements that encourage you to take clinical actions and receive immediate feedback from the virtual patient.

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