National Arthritis Awareness Program

Help raise awareness during Arthritis Awareness Month!

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You can help increase awareness and understanding of arthritis by sending this pre-drafted letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

September is Arthritis Awareness Month! Help increase awareness and understanding of arthritis by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. We encourage you to edit this template letter to reflect your own experiences. Remember: Letters under 200 words have a better chance of being published. If you are submitting a letter to your editor via email, remember to include your name, home address and telephone number.

Compose your letter

Recipients: Letter to the Editor (daily or weekly newspaper near you)

Message

Subject Line: September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Body

Dear editor,


Arthritis is a chronic disease that has a devastating effect on the lives of approximately 5 million Canadians. I’m one of them and chances are you know someone who is affected. In addition to the burden of pain faced every day by individuals like me living with arthritis, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada.

Due to increased longevity, reduced physical activity, increasing obesity and lack of access to timely health care, the burden of arthritis is increasing. Within a generation, more than 10 million (one in four) Canadians are expected to have either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the two most common forms of arthritis.

Early intervention and treatment from a rheumatologist can improve the quality of life for people like me. However, many Canadians do not receive timely and effective arthritis care.

That’s why I am encouraging your readers to learn more about models of care for arthritis during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada this September. Arthritis community leaders are working to develop and implement these models of care to improve the way health care is delivered to patients. Arthritis Alliance of Canada has useful information at http://www.arthritisalliance.ca/en/.

I am also urging arthritis patients to share their crucial perspectives with health policy decision makers, rheumatologists, allied health professionals and other health care providers who care for them. Patient-centred care is difficult to deliver without patient-centred outcomes information. It’s up to us to ensure the patient voice is heard about ways to improve arthritis prevention and quality of care so we can help more people get the care they need now or in the future.

Yours sincerely,

A Reader