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A national rheumatoid arthritis (RA) campaign has been launched today with support from leading patient support organisation National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS). The campaign – We R.A. Priority – gives a voice to the hundreds of thousands of adults of all ages with this often-invisible disease and challenges the potentially damaging misperceptions that persist around the condition.
Findings from new research reinforce the reality of RA in the UK today, with data suggesting many young adults with the condition regularly labelled as having an ‘old person’s disease’, whilst many continue to face stigma at work and among friends and family. The We R.A. Priority campaign aims to empower those with RA to address perceptions and show how, when RA is treated as a priority, the impact can be life changing, for the individual and for society.
Over 400,000 people across the UK live with RA – an incurable, systemic auto-immune condition that can cause intense pain and fatigue to those affected and, if not treated appropriately, can cause irreversible damage to joints and disability.
Aston spoke to Clare Jacklin, chief executive at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) to discuss the research in further and also provide more information about the new campaign that has been launched.