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New Survey Findings Reveal Emotional and Physical Toll of Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Advancement of Treatment through "Generations"
Date:7/15/2008

pact of RA on relationships, work, and overall daily living - of a debilitating disease that affects 1.3 million Americans. The survey results also highlight changes in physicians' approaches to treating RA over the past 30 years, the progress that has been made in managing the disease, particularly because of important treatment advances in the past decade, as well as patient and physician perspectives about the future of treatment. Key findings revealed that:
  • More than 90 percent of people with RA surveyed reported that their disease interfered with their work in the last three months, illustrating how RA can impede many facets of people's lives. (2)
  • Physicians surveyed rated limitations on physical activities as the most restrictive consequence of RA for their patients. (3)
  • More than half of patients surveyed agreed that the public does not understand the difference between RA, a chronic autoimmune disorder, and osteoarthritis, which results from wear and tear on the joints. (4)
  • Two out of three of all patients surveyed believed that friends and family underestimate the impact of RA. More than half of all respondents felt that their doctors do not fully understand the impact of RA on their patients.(5, 6)    
  • While nearly three out of five RA patients are satisfied with their physician's ability to effectively treat their RA with current therapies, more than 80 percent are looking forward to the future for new innovative options. (7, 8)

Comprehensive survey findings, as well as testimonials from people living with RA and physicians sharing their own personal experiences related to the disease, are available on the program website, www.RAGeneRAtions.com.

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