The Experts in Arthritis (EIA) program offers people with arthritis the opportunity to be informed about current scientific evidence and management strategies in the treatment and care of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis (other forms of arthritis can be incorporated, based on need). Its focus is on improving quality of life as well as advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention and education.
It has been held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. It has also been held on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., in association with the annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association in Philadelphia, and at an increasing number of communities across the nation. The sessions are sponsored by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Recently, the USBJI has expanded the program and offered it in association with the annual meetings of other organizations, as well as to any local community.
The prepared patient-public education programs on Arthritis and on bone health/fracture prevention programs come with readymade presentations and handout materials and are available on the USBJI website.