At the 2017 American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) / Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Meeting, ACE presented a poster on a global survey – “Patient Experiences of Rheumatoid Arthritis Models of Care: An International Survey” – conducted by the Global RA Network – made up of ACE and 20 other patient advocacy groups – designed to gather insights on RA models of care from the patient perspective, as well as probing their knowledge about the disease and available treatments.
The survey revealed the urgent need to improve RA models of care at every stage of the disease awareness, treatment and care journey. One of the key findings was the need for more information and education on rheumatoid arthritis for patients and the public is needed to support people with the disease. Specifically, to help them best describe their symptoms and help them take shared decisions with their rheumatologists.
At the ACR annual meeting, a panel on bridging global gaps in arthritis care looked specifically at ways to improve care for patients living in underserved areas.