Getting a Grip on Arthritis (Grip) is a free online educational program that helps Canadian primary health care professionals deliver optimal care for people with OA and RA. Professionals such as family doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists are encouraged to register for Grip online and learn best practices about identifying and managing arthritis.
The program was developed by The Arthritis Society in partnership with Memorial University and several national stakeholder groups. Funding was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Arthritis: Better Managed
Receiving the right information from health care professionals means people with arthritis can better manage their disease, and also reduce the impact of arthritis on the health care system. Grip’s two modules – one for osteoarthritis (OA) and one for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – were created by arthritis experts from across the country based on our successful in-person training program
(which included valuable educational resources
for people with arthritis and health care providers).
The online initiative was piloted in rural and remote areas of Canada, where health care providers often face the challenge of delivering optimal arthritis care and accessing the latest information. To address this significant issue, Grip Online presents content supported by best practice guidelines, and its case-based format helps health care workers hone diagnostic and management skills.
Grip’s learning objectives include:
- Identifying signs and symptoms
- Distinguishing between RA and OA
- Recognizing when to initiate, and how to monitor, medications
- Recognizing when to recommend an intra-articular injection
- Recognizing the need for non-pharmacological interventions to support self-management and improve a patient’s quality of life
- Learning when and how to initiate specialist referrals
- Identifying appropriate patient and provider resources
Ultimately, The Arthritis Society believes that good care begins with viewing each Canadian with arthritis as a whole person who has a variety of needs. To this end, Getting a Grip on Arthritis enables health care professionals to offer a full range of services that can help people live well with arthritis.