■	 Arthritis	Community	Research	&
■	 Arthritis	Consumer	Experts
■	 Arthritis	Health	Professions
■	 Arthritis	Research	Centre	of
■	 Bone	and	Joint	Decade
■	 Canadian	Arthritis	Network
■	 Canadian	Arthritis	Patient	Alliance
■	 Canadian	Orthopaedic	Association
■	 Canadian	Orthopaedic	Foundation
■	 Canadian	Paediatric
■	 Canadian	Rheumatology
■	 Cochrane	Collaboration
■	 Consumer	Advisory	Council	of
the	Canadian	Arthritis	Network
■	 Consumer	Advisory	Board	of	the
Arthritis	Research	Centre	of	Canada
■	 Institute	of	Musculoskeletal
Health	and	Arthritis
■	 Patient	Partners	in	Arthritis
■	 The	Arthritis	Society
■	 Abbott	Laboratories	Inc.
■	 Amgen	Canada	Inc.
■	 Pfizer	Canada	Inc.
■	 Schering	Canada	Inc.
■	 Wyeth	Pharmaceuticals
Alliance for the
Canadian Arthritis Program
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Arthritis Isn’t a Big Deal…Until You Get It.
Call to Action on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care
Four million Canadians have arthritis. They are men and women, children and grandparents,
farmers and stockbrokers, nurses and firefighters. They can have drastically different access
to care and treatment depending on where they live in Canada. They wait far too long for
necessary joint replacement surgery, each passing day an enormous struggle for quality of life.
A disproportionate number are aboriginal Canadians living off reserve, who are two-and-a-
half times more likely to have arthritis than other Canadians.
The burden is extraordinary. Arthritis is the leading cause of deformity and long-term disability
in Canada and accounts for billions of dollars in health costs, lost productivity and pay. Without
major reform, this situation will continue to get worse.
The need is great. So is the united commitment for decisive action.
The Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program (ACAP) comprises more than 20 stakeholder
organizations, each already working hard to su