Arthritis Care is the only national voluntary organisation working with and for all people with arthritis. It aims to promote their health, well-being and independence through services, support, self-help, information and influence. It has over 620 branches and groups, and 59,000 members.

Did you know:

  • Eight million people in the UK have arthritis.
  • There are more than 200 types of arthritis.
  • Arthritis is the single biggest cause of physical disability in the UK.
  • One in five visits to a GP is about arthritis
  • 14,500 children have arthritis.
  • 37 per cent of people with arthritis are in pain all the time. 60 per cent have their sleep disturbed regularly.
  • The total cost of arthritis in the UK was estimated as £1.3bn in 1990
  • The cost to the individual for drugs, adaptations and special equipment averages at £4,000 a year.
  • People with arthritis pay for their prescriptions. This is not so with some other long-term conditions.

Arthritis Care:
  • Provides a helplines service offering confidential support and information about arthritis. It can be contacted by letter or telephone. The telephone helplines are available weekdays on 020 7380 6555 between 10.00am and 4.00pm, or on a freephone number 080 8800 4050 between 12 noon and 4.00pm.
  • Runs Young Arthritis Care for people under 46 with arthritis. Young Arthritis Care has local contacts and groups and produces its own magazine.
  • Runs a range of personal development training courses for people with arthritis of all ages.
  • Offers an increasing programme of self-management courses to assist the move from dependence to independence.
  • Runs four hotels and a national home visiting service.
  • Produces a range of helpful publications including an alternate monthly magazine, Arthritis News.
  • Campaigns for greater awareness of the needs of all people with arthritis.

Arthritis Care
18 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD
Tel: 020 7380 6500
Fax: 020 7380 6505
Reg charity No. 206563

Publications available from Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care publications:
Arthritis News
Arthritis Care’s magazine. Published six times a year, it includes news and features about all aspects of living with arthritis.
Free with membership of Arthritis Care
Membership from £8.00 per year

Arthritis: Understanding People’s Everyday Needs

Ashcroft, Jean
1999 This report recommends standards of service and care which should be available to people with arthritis.
48 page booklet

The Balanced Approach: A Guide to Drugs & Complementary Therapies

This booklet offers a detailed examination of the conventional drugs commonly prescribed to people with arthritis and includes information about new drugs on the market it also explores the wide range of complementary therapies used by people with arthritis and how they can be effectively combined with medication.
47 page booklet Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

CHAT: A guide to Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) 1997

Information about juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), living with JCA and treatments available. Also covers benefits, education, employment and independence issues.
35 page booklet £3.00. Free to parents of children with arthritis.

A Day with Sam

Hunsley, Debbie 1996
A picture book for adults for reading aloud to children with arthritis who are aged seven and under.
39 page booklet
Free, a £2.00 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Food for Thought: A Guide to Diet for People with Arthritis

This booklet looks at the role of diet in Arthritis. It includes sections on how diet can influence different forms of arthritis, dietary elimination therapy, and supplements commonly taken by people with arthritis. 23 page booklet Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Information for People with Arthritis

This booklet gives the basic facts about arthritis; it includes information about the main forms of arthritis; treatments available; ways of coping; how to get help; and how to develop your own coping skills. 39 page booklet Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Lupus: Your Questions Answered

An overview of Lupus, covers symptoms, treatment and outlook.

No Limits

A magazine for young people with arthritis. Published three times a year as a supplement toArthritis News. News views and reviews for 15—20 year olds. Free with membership of Arthritis Care Membership from £8.00 per year

Our Relationships, Our Sexuality: A Guide for People with Arthritis

This booklet is for anyone who thinks arthritis prevents them from forming or sustaining relationships. It is also for anyone who thinks arthritis prevents them from having a satisfying sex life. It looks at communication as well as the practical side of lovemaking. This booklet includes contributions from a range of men and women all of whom have one thing in common — arthritis. Their experiences show the funny, the serious, the truthful side to relationships. Most importantly, their experiences show that arthritis does not exclude you from having rewarding relationships. 27 page booklet
Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Talk About Pain: How to Deal with the Pain of Arthritis

This booklet introduces a range of methods that people with arthritis can adopt to deal with pain; it contains a lot of personal experience and also offers information on how to control your own pain.
35 page booklet
Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Two Commonest Forms of Arthritis

Information about rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, available in
Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu.

Working Horizons: Employment Information for People with Arthritis

People with arthritis often face discrimination in the job market. This can manifest itself as barriers to getting work in the first place. It also means that people who develop arthritis when they are in job find themselves having to fight to keep it. Working Horizons offers guidance for people in both of these situations. This booklet answers many of the questions about employment that are most commonly asked by people with arthritis. It also gives sources of further advice, information and training.
19 page booklet
Free, a £1.50 donation is welcomed to cover costs

Information sheets
  • Drug therapy in juvenile chronic arthritis
  • General reading list
  • Gentle exercises for people with arthritis – books tapes and video list
  • Hip replacement: what to expect in hospital and after Heated pads
  • Hydrotherapy pools: guidance notes
  • Lupus information sheets
  • Dos and don’ts for people with lupus, pregnancy, topical sun-screens, lupus reading list, ultra-violet radiation – sunlight and fluorescent lights
  • Pain management list of resources
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for pain relief

Other publications for sale

The Arthritis Helpbook: A Tested Self-Management Program for Coping with your Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Long, Kate & Fries, James 2000 (5th ed.) The basis of Arthritis Care’s self-management programme Challenging Arthritis. It is “the world’s leading guide to coping with joint pain, used by more than 400,000 readers over fifteen years. It succeeds because of its tested advice, its hundreds of useful hints, and its emphasis on self-management—helping people with arthritis and flbromyalgia to achieve their own health goals”.
367 page book

Getting a Grip: Self Help for Arthritis and Rheumatism

Pollard, Jim
Covers drugs, complementary therapies, diet, exercise and relaxation and stress management. Includes a comprehensive list of useful organisations and publications.
181 page book

Golden Mixtures

Celebrities’ recipes published to celebrate Arthritis Care’ golden
160 page book

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Long, Kate et al
A complete self-management guide for people with chronic conditions,
including arthritis.
296 page book

All prices include postage and packaging. To order, please write to Arthritis Care, stating clearly which publications you want. Include a cheque or postal order if necessary, payable to Arthritis Care.

Bulk orders and external organisations will be invoiced for postage and packaging and asked for a donation to cover printing costs.
April 2000

Revised April 2000
Please check with Arthritis Care every two years to see if there have been any revisions