|NIAMS, Arthritis Foundation Introduce Pediatric Rheumatic
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS),
a part of the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Arthritis
Foundation, announces the launch of the Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases CD-ROM
and Other Related Information for You and Your Patients, a comprehensive
and cost-effective educational and informational tool for doctors and other health
professionals who treat children with pediatric rheumatic diseases and related
Rheumatic diseases are a group of disorders of the joints and soft tissues,
causing pain and, in many cases, physical disability. While they affect people
of all ages, their impact can be especially profound in children. Collectively,
they are among the most common and chronic conditions of childhood. Although
we have much to learn about the causes, risk factors, treatment and prevention
of these diseases in children, important information already exists.
“There are unique challenges that the rheumatic diseases present in children,” says
NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. “The CD-ROM will provide doctors,
as well as nurses and other health professionals, with a wide range of resources
and information to help them better understand these diseases and how to manage
Resources on this CD-ROM include
- A collection of print-friendly PDF files of selected patient education brochures
- Professional education resources, including information from the Arthritis
Foundation’s Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases (12th edition)
- Professional educational resources on osteogenesis imperfecta from the NIH
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
- Web links to numerous useful resources from the National Institutes of Health
and other federal and nonprofit organizations.
In a prelaunch review of the new CD-ROM by a variety of healthcare professionals,
reviewers overwhelming approved the content and indicated they intend to read
the literature to become better informed, distribute it to patients and families
of patients, share it with colleagues, and recommend it to other pediatric healthcare
professionals, says Dr. Katz. Overall, the reviewers were also able to easily
navigate the CD-ROM.
Although the primary audience of the CD-ROM is pediatric health professionals
and Arthritis Foundation chapter staff and volunteers, copies will also be available
for parents of children with rheumatic diseases, primary and secondary school
teachers and counselors, faculty at health professions schools and nonprofit
organizations serving individuals and families with rheumatic diseases.
“The welfare and care of children with rheumatic diseases is a priority for
the Arthritis Foundation,” says John H. Klippel, M.D., Arthritis Foundation president
and CEO. “We are pleased to collaborate with NIAMS to develop a product that
will help health care professionals better understand these diseases in children
and, thus, better enable them to provide children with rheumatic diseases the
help they need.”
To order a free copy of the CD-ROM, contact the NIAMS Clearinghouse at 1-877-22-NIAMS
(1-877-226-4267) (free of charge), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.niams.nih.gov.
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National
Institutes of Health, is to support research into the causes, treatment and
prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training
of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination
of information on research progress in these diseases. For additional information,
call NIAMS’ Clearinghouse toll free at 1-877-22-NIAMS, or visit the NIAMS Web
site at www.niams.nih.gov.
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