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)
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)