Arthritis affects individuals in many aspects of their life including decisions regarding pregnancy and in carrying out their role as a parent. Based on our own personal experiences, the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) Board of Directors recognized that there was a lack of complete and readily available information to assist people during this critical point in their lives. As a result, CAPA launched a project on pregnancy and parenting in 2015. The first phase of the project involved the development of a survey to identify patient information needs as it relates to pregnancy and parenting. The second phase focused on the creation of an evidence-based and medically-reviewed resource for people living with arthritis.
Improve the health literacy of people with arthritis regarding pregnancy and parenting
Improve self-confidence and reduce the stress of people with arthritis regarding pregnancy and parenting
Increase awareness of issues facing people with arthritis regarding pregnancy and parenting, including the key issue of medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Problems addressed by Initiative
The resource aims to reduce the stress of people living with arthritis by providing information and solutions when facing pregnancy and in carrying out parenting tasks. It aims to improve the health literacy of people with arthritis so they feel more empowered and informed when facing critical issues and decisions regarding pregnancy and parenting.