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May 3, 1995

Arthritis Advisor

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Medical School Madison

JAMA. 1995;273(17):1395-1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520410091042

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Musculoskeletal problems are among the most common outpatient problems in primary care practice. Diagnosis of a new musculoskeletal condition is just the beginning of patient care. Complete care should include education, discussion of medications and their side effects, physical therapy, and activity modification. Arthritis Advisor is a simple software program that assists the clinician in this part of patient care. It was developed in cooperation with the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis Advisor was designed to be used by medical providers to generate patient education handouts. The program is easy to use. You bring it up, highlight the "topic" you wish to discuss, view the topic if desired, and print the handout. Help is available in a pull-down menu. A few simple illustrations are included and require a laser printer for use.

The topics include common musculoskeletal problems, such as tendinitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, gout, nerve entrapment, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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