Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
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The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is a professional membership society composed of non-physician health care professionals specializing in rheumatology such as: nurses, advanced practice nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, and researchers. The association was formed in January 1994, when the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) became a division of the ACR.
The purpose of ARHP is to utilize the programs of education, practice, research, and advocacy to advance the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the area of rheumatology, and to improve their understanding and management of the physical, emotional, psychological, and cultural factors influencing the health of their patients thus improving the health outcomes for people with or at risk of developing rheumatic disease, arthritis, or musculoskeletal conditions.