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The American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Simple Tasks campaign aims to raise awareness of the severe impact of rheumatic diseases and highlight the healthcare policy issues that affect patients’ ability to access high-quality care. By educating patients about the healthcare issues affecting rheumatology care, and providing tools that make it easy for patients to become advocates for their care, we seek to ensure that people who are affected by these diseases are able to receive the proper medical care they need from rheumatologists. Learn more >
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease
Arthritis and rheumatic disease are umbrella terms encompassing more than 100 conditions affecting joints and connective tissue. Nationwide, these conditions are the country’s leading cause of disability, impacting more than 52.5 million Americans and generating more than $128 billion in annual health costs. Learn about rheumatic disease and how Simple Tasks offers resources and support.
Legislation that guarantees access to rheumatologists, research and initiatives to grow the rheumatology workforce, and ensuring people understand the importance of rheumatology are crucial to ensuring that the millions of patients living with rheumatic disease have appropriate and timely access to healthcare and treatment. Learn about our priority policy issues and how you can get involved.
The sooner a person is diagnosed and receives proper treatment by a rheumatologist, the better his/her chances are to lead a fuller, healthier life. The time between the onset of rheumatic disease and the start of treatment is crucial and is called the window of opportunity.
If you have been diagnosed with a rheumatic disease, don’t delay in contacting a specialist.