OA Patients Force

Patients must be united if we are to advance in the same direction. For this reason, the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) and the Arthritis Foundation lead the implementation of the OA Patients Task Force, an alliance between the most important associations of patients with rheumatologic problems in order to work together globally with a focus on osteoarthritis.

The OA Patients Task Force represents more than 150 million worldwide.

We work together to improve the quality of life of osteoarthritis patients and establish synergies between patients’ organizations worldwide.

The OA Patients Task Force published the results of the first systematic review of the literature on the quality of life of people with osteoarthritis. The review  examines the impact of the disease on the quality of life in patients and the individual and social factors associated, to better understand the disease and facilitate new strategies for a better patient management.

In 2018, OA Patients Task Force conducted the Global OA Patient Perception Survey (GOAPPS). The first survey to investigate the OA patients’ perception of quality of life directly comparing it across many languages and nations/cultures using the same survey.

The purpose was to conduct a pilot study to collect information on OA patients’ perceptions regarding the impact of the disease in their lives.

The results aim to help all stakeholders involved in the OA healthcare and management value chain to develop a better understanding of patients’ perceptions and how they may differ between cultures in order to address their needs more effectively in terms of prevention, research, and management.

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Greetings from Dr. Carlo Vinicio, President of PANLAR, to OAFI


OA Task Force Expert Advisors

  • Xavier Carné

    Hospital Clínic de Barcelona / European Clinic Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN), Spain

  • Ann Palmer

    Arthritis Foundation, USA.

  • Guy Eakin

    Arthritis Foundation, USA.

  • Josep Vergés

    Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI), Spain

  • Carlo V. Caballero-Uribe

    Pan-American League of Rheumatology Associations (PANLAR), Colombia

  • Maritza Quintero

    Pan-American League of Rheumatology Associations (PANLAR), Venezuela

  • Yves Henrotin

    Osteoarthritis Foundation, Belgium

  • Jordi Monfort

    Hospital del Mar, Spain.

  • Marco Matucci

    Italian Rheumatology Association / Scieroderma Foundation, Italy

  • Ingrid Möller

    Institut Poal de Reumatologia, Spain

  • Francisco de Abajo

    Alcalá de Henares University – Medical School, Spain

  • Patrick du Souich

    Montréal University – Medical School, Canada

  • Virginia Kraus

    Duke University – Medical School, USA

  • Montserrat Romera-Baurés

    Sociedad Española de Reumatología (SER).

If you want to join the OA Patients Task Force please contact us.