NRAS: Improving Awareness Of RA

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NRAS Calls For A Public Awareness Campaign To Improve Time To Diagnosis And Treatment

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) has today called for a national campaign to improve awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis so people can seek swift treatment and prevent long term joint damage and disability. This follows the publication of research by the National Audit Office (NAO) that has revealed a very worrying lack of awareness about RA among the public, health professionals and commissioners.

(July 15, 2009)

Full NRAS Press Release

Rheumatoid Services Are “Failing”

Tens of thousands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not being diagnosed or treated quickly enough, says a watchdog.

The National Audit Office says over half a million people in England live with the disease, with 26,000 new cases a year – double the current estimate.

But only a tenth are treated within three months of symptoms starting, as ideally they should be.

(July 14, 2009)

Full BBC News Article

2 Comments
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  1. Diane says:

    Good news! I feel so bad for those with RA that have to suffer and do not get diagnosed for years! I had symptoms, pain and issues in my teens but was not diagnosed until 17. I wish we could have a campaign to help educate the general public!! I get really tired of the non-compassion and lack of understanding I receive. I have learned to suffer in silence. I could go on and on about this subject. Anyway- that is why I have loved finding RA sites/blogs…RA’ers who truly understand & care. I love your blog. So nice to find someone who will share their feelings….who writes so eloquently! YOU share all our feelings! Thank you RA guy. I love ya! Gentle hugs!

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