Juvenile arthritis (JA) affects nearly 300,000 kids and families in the United States. Of all the forms of arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in children. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld our unwavering promise to assist them and their caregivers. In an ongoing effort to include the patient voice in everything we do, we’re asking you – patients, parents, loved ones and others with a connection to JIA – to tell us what JIA research matters to you.
The Arthritis Foundation is a member of PARTNERS, a network of patients, parents, advocates and health care professionals with a common goal – to improve the lives of children with JIA and rheumatic diseases through research.
PARTNERS is devoted entirely to research and there are multiple ways to get involved. Participating in online surveys is an easy way to provide first-hand information about living with JIA, or living with a loved one with JIA, and opinions on research. You can serve as a member on a committee, and use your talents, experiences, and your interests to help with a PARTNERS project. Your ideas and participation in studies are invaluable. There is so much you can do!
In signing up, you will receive information about PARTNERS research projects, committees, and studies that are happening at different times and places around the country. And taking surveys and submitting ideas can be done in your own home! You can participate in PARTNERS research at your convenience, where and when you can.
Defeating juvenile arthritis is a process, and it will take many people working together to accomplish. By signing up for PARTNERS you can help to speed up this process and participate in the search for the cure. Your help and participation can make a difference.