Professional internet resources


Apps

Available in both French and English, Arthritis ID Pro is the most comprehensive free arthritis app for healthcare professionals, featuring the most current, evidence-based arthritis information to help detect, treat and manage arthritis.


Assessment & Outcome Measures

This website provides a comprehensive database of validated patient-reported instruments (indices, questionnaires, scales, or others) used in rheumatology. The database can be searched by language, disease, or domain (e.g., satisfaction, fatigue, sleep, work, anxiety & depression, etc.). The database includes a detailed description of each instrument, including:

  1. The instrument itself.
  2. Description of the population/s or settings where it has been validated.
  3. Recommendations and rules for use (data collection and scoring method).
  4. Guideline for interpretation of the results in clinical practice or in research.
  5. References and validated translated versions in the EU languages, with download if possible or link to an access page.
  6. Information on how validation aspects were tested.

This free information and calculation service allows users to anonymously complete validated clinician and patient self-report orthopaedic measures online. Following completion the website calculates the final score, which can then be printed for one’s record or saved as a CVS file. Joint-specific measures are available for the knee (ACL), foot/ankle, wrist, hand, lumbar spine, cervical spine, hip, knee (OA) shoulder (instability and non-instability), and elbow. There is also a single psychological measure.

Developed and managed by Mapi Research Trust, PROQOLID aims to identify and describe Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) to help you choose appropriate instruments and facilitate your access to them.

The Rehabilitation Measures Database was developed to help clinicians and researchers identify reliable and valid instruments used to assess patient outcomes during all phases of rehabilitation. The database provides evidence-based summaries that include concise descriptions of each instrument’s psychometric properties, instructions for administering and scoring each assessment, as well as a representative bibliography with citations linked to PubMed abstracts. Whenever possible, a copy of the instrument has been included for users to download, or information about obtaining the instrument.

This online CD-ROM is intended for health professionals and is recommended as part of a supervised training program in rheumatology. It should be used in conjunction with practical training and the recommended reference materials. The purpose of this CD-ROM is to enhance the ability of users to identify joint inflammation using a standardized joint assessment technique.

The purpose of the toolkit is to provide clinicians with outcome measures appropriate for use along the continuum of care for patients before and after total joint arthroplasty.


Patient Care

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) provides decision-makers with the evidence, analysis, advice and recommendations they require to make informed decisions in health care. Funded by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments, CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit agency that delivers timely, evidence-based information to health care leaders about the effectiveness and efficiency of health technologies.

This Portal provides a consolidated one-stop shop for busy health professionals and public health decision-makers. It is a compilation of multiple sources of trusted and credible information. The Portal links to resources and solutions to plan programs for promoting health and preventing diseases for populations and communities.

OASIS is a Vancouver Coastal Health Program developed to support people with osteoarthritis. The OASIS website provides information about the OASIS program, including its clinics and classes, as well as information on osteoarthritis and how to live well at every stage of the disease.

Vancouver Coastal Health has an online resource library with many excellent educational materials that can be accessed by typing “joint replacement” into the ‘Quick Search’ box. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Before, during and after hip and knee replacement surgery: A patient’s guide  (English, Chinese, Farsi, and Punjabi)
  2. Exercise guide for knee replacement surgery
  3. Exercise guide for hip replacement surgery
  4. Joint replacement in the rheumatoid hand
  5. Neuflex MCP joint replacement: A patient guide
  6. Pyrocarbon MCP joint replacement

Professional Education

Orthoinfo is a trusted source of information about musculoskeletal conditions and injuries – how they are treated and how they can be prevented. Website articles and videos are developed by orthopaedic surgeons who are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. All of the content on the website is peer-reviewed by physician members of the Orthoinfo Editorial Board who are experts in their fields. This peer review process ensures the accuracy and completeness of the web site’s content.

Exercise is Medicine® Canada (EIMC) is a movement to make Canadians healthier. EIMC is based on abundant evidence that physical activity and exercise reduce the risk of chronic disease. Exercise is Medicine® is a global initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007. Resources for professionals include an exercise prescription & referral tool, a guide for prescribing exercise, physical activity guidelines, sedentary behaviour guidelines, and more.

Getting a Grip on Arthritis is a free educational program that helps Canadian primary health care professionals deliver optimal care for people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Professionals such as family doctors, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists are encouraged to register for Grip online and learn best practices about identifying and managing arthritis.

This series of videos illustrates the proper way to conduct examinations of the hip, elbow, ankle and foot, hand and wrist, knee, shoulder, and back.

Produced by the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) the medication administration quick guides were developed to assist registered nurses (RNs) and other health professionals new to rheumatology or those in need of basic information about common rheumatology infusion medications. The information has been obtained from the manufacturer’s Full Prescribing Information document for each agent. All but guides completed in the last 12 months are freely available to any health care professional.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health. The NCCIH conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.

  • National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)www.niams.nih.gov

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

OARSI is the leading medical society for advancing the understanding, early detection, treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis (OA) through its exclusive dedication to research. OARSI provides the necessary framework, expert resources and support for its international constituents to address the challenges of OA so that the knowledge gained can ultimately be used to help improve patient care and patient outcomes. Resources include both patient and health provider versions of guidelines for the non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.


Professional Associations

The Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) is a society of health professionals who work in the field of rheumatology. Its members come from a variety of clinical and administrative settings, such as hospitals, clinics, community programs and universities. AHPA is dedicated to improving health care standards for people with rheumatic diseases through the promotion of education and support of research among its members.

  • American College of Rheumatology / Association of Rheumatology Health Professionalswww.rheumatology.org

The American College of Rheumatology’s mission is advancing rheumatology and represents over 9,400 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals worldwide. The ACR provides programs of education, research, advocacy, and practice support. The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is a professional membership society composed of non-physician health care professionals specializing in rheumatology, such as advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, researchers, research coordinators and office staff.

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada. We foster the generation, growth, synthesis, transfer and application of the highest quality research, education and training related to exercise physiology and science.