The Academy's Committee on Research, in conjunction with the Academic Orthopaedic Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, and American Orthopaedic Association, launched a campaign in June to enlist patients in supporting increased congressional appropriations for musculoskeletal research at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
The Patient Advocacy Campaign for Musculoskeletal Research Funding program provides a mechanism to gradually increase the involvement of orthopaedic patients in advocacy activities. One objective of the program is to further educate patients about the benefits from musculoskeletal research, such as improved quality of life and lower health care costs. Patients will be informed about the important role that NIAMS plays in the funding of musculoskeletal research projects and the impact these projects have on their care.
The purpose of the Patient Advocacy Campaign for Musculoskeletal Research Funding is to enlighten members of Congress to the funding needs of musculoskeletal research as a whole, rather than a disease-specific approach.
Orthopaedic surgeons who enroll in the campaign will receive a colorful desktop display unit and a supply of brochures to place in their reception rooms. The brochure will explain how patients can place a toll-free phone call, fax a letter of support, or speak directly with a member of Congress. Each practice enrolled in the campaign will be asked to designate a key contact within their office to facilitate information-sharing between the practice and the Academy. Project updates and legislative alerts will be distributed to enrolled practices on an as-needed basis.
For more information about the Patient Advocacy Campaign for Musculoskeletal Research Funding and enrollment information, contact Lisa Rhind at the Academy's department of research and scientific affairs (847) 384-4318.
Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, Academy president, left, congratulates Rep. John Porter, (R-Ill.) who was honored at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference reception for his support for funding musculoskeletal research and support for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.