According to the dictionary definition, an advocate is a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy. Learn how to become an advocate for people like you who are living with a painful condition by reading the articles below.

The Hows and Whys of Patient Advocacy

by David Wayne Smith, DEd, FACFEI, Charles Rastatter, EdD, John D. Ellis, JD, David B. Hammond, CFP, and Jeffrey Lisse, MD

Like most people, you probably know or know of someone hit by a personal tragedy that has left him or her gravely ill or injured. Or you know someone with a chronic ailment that can lead to severe disability and/or death. In the vast majority of situations like these, people get the medical care and […]

One2One: Interview with Wendy Booker

by Cheryl A. Rosenfeld

Wendy Booker launched the Climb On! Foundation to educate, motivate and challenge newly diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis patients.

Patient Advocates for Hire

by Paul Wynn

Navigating the health-care system can be less daunting with a patient advocate by your side. When questions arise about medical bills, treatment options, insurance claims, or undiagnosed symptoms, to whom do you turn for help? Doctors, nurses, loved ones—maybe Google? Professional patient advocates can steer you toward answers and offer help. These professionals are also […]

Becoming An Arthritis Advocate

by Angela Lundberg

What does it mean to be an arthritis advocate, or an advocate in general? According to the dictionary definition, an advocate is a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy; or a person who works for a cause or group. Advocacy comes in many different forms, and the arthritis cause is full […]

Resources for Volunteers

by David W. Golann

Many of us like the idea of “giving back” to our community by donating our time and effort to causes we care about. Volunteering gives us an opportunity to do something that is important to us, learn something new, and meet other people with similar interests. But while some people spend a great deal of […]


by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Americans with Disabilities Act — a law that protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, guaranteeing them equal opportunity in employment, transportation, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications. In terms of employment, the ADA prohibits discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities.” An individual is deemed to have a disability if he […]

Arthritis Resources: Advocacy

by Wendy McBrair, MS, BSN, CHES

Have you ever been an advocate? Before you answer “no,” you may be surprised to learn that advocacy is more common than you think. If you have helped another person get something he or she needed, championed a cause on behalf of a wider community, or even pleaded your own case to an insurance company, […]

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