Voluntary health organizations active in the prevention or treatment of arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), an inflammatory condition affecting the joints. The related medical specialty is rheumatology, a subspecialty of internal medicine, though rheumatology is broader and covers more conditions than arthritis.
Key words: Ankylosing Spondylitis; Chondrocalcinosis; Gout; Neurotrophic Arthritis; Osteoathritis; Palindromic Arthritis; Psoriatic Arthritis; Reiter Disease; Rheumatism; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Spondylarthritis
Scope notes: Voluntary Health Agencies provide patient assistance and family support, community services, public and professional education, medical research support, and health-related advocacy.
USE E86 Patient & Family Support for disease-specific organizations that provide only patient & family support.
USE N20 Camps for organizations that provide camping opportunities targeting ill children and youth.
USE the P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations for organizations that provide social services for patients and family of people with health conditions.