Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Print version ISSN 0042-9686
LEONG, Amye L. and EULLER-ZIEGLER, Liana. Patient advocacy and arthritis: moving forward. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2004, vol.82, n.2, pp. 115-120. ISSN 0042-9686. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862004000200008.
Patient advocacy is based on the premise that people have the right to make their own choices about their health care. Personal advocacy is centred on the experiential expertise of the individual affected by the condition, whereas group advocacy is grounded on patient-centred strategies and actions. The first patient advocacy groups for arthritis were set up over 20 years ago in the USA and have subsequently spread to many other countries. This paper discusses the growth and impact of personal advocacy as well as recent developments in group advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and North America, in terms of arthritis awareness, research, corporate partnerships, and the Bone and Joint Decade global initiative.
Keywords : Arthritis [prevention and control]; Arthritis [therapy]; Patient advocacy; Patient rights; Patient participation; Self care; Self-help groups; Physician-patient relations; Intersectoral cooperation.