OA Voice of the Patient

 A patient-focused drug development meeting gives doctors, researches and health providers a chance to hear from arthritis sufferers directly.

OA VOP Report

This report is the culmination of the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts to engage patients in all aspects of treatment development for arthritis sufferers. To accomplish this end for patients with Osteoarthritis (OA), the Arthritis Foundation hosted an OA Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting in the Washington, D.C. area on March 8, 2017. This meeting provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug developers, healthcare providers, academic researchers, and other stakeholders an opportunity to hear directly from patients, patient advocates and caretakers about the signs and symptoms that matter most to them. OA patients shared just how much this disease impacts their lives, as well as how gaps in treatment lead to health setbacks and what they are looking for in ideal, new treatment options.

The OA Voice of the Patient Report reflects these patients’ real life experiences and what they feel is important about their disease and treatments. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that these findings be strongly considered when developing regulatory guidance for new treatments.

The meeting was a tremendous step in the right direction in bringing new treatments that better respond to real patient needs–to market.


Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

FDA Discusses the Importance of PFDD Meetings

Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, talk about the importance of PFDD meetings and how they are impactful for both participants and the FDA.?
Advancing Osteoarthritis Treatment

Watch Webinar

In an effort to collect information from Osteoarthritis (OA) patients about their experiences with OA, we hosted a webinar for OA patients on January 31, 2017. Patients responded to questions about their experiences with OA including treatments and asked a rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon questions about their disease and the future of treatments.

Focus Groups

In addition to the webinar, we hosted five focus groups around the country to collect critical information about the impact of OA. They were held in Indianapolis, Indiana; West Palm Beach, Florida; New York City, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Leandro, California. In each of these conversations, we collected insights about the real impact of this debilitating disease, what patients’ experiences have been with the treatments currently available, and what the OA community hopes for in treatments of the future.

By giving us 10 minutes, you become part of a force that will change the lives of the almost 60 million people with arthritis. Your voice matters.

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Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.