World Arthritis Day 2018

Don’t Delay, Connect Today!

Don’t Delay, Connect Today is a Europe-wide and locally-implemented campaign that calls on people – including the public, physicians, health professionals and policy-makers - to connect early for earlier diagnosis of RMDs and timely access to evidence-based treatment. The overall goal is to highlight RMDs as major diseases and a public health concern of pandemic proportions and that early diagnosis and timely access to treatment can prevent further damage and burden on the individual and society.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ and is a Europe-wide and locally-implemented campaign that calls on people – including health professionals, medical doctors, the public, and policy-makers – to connect today for earlier diagnosis of RMDs and timely access to evidence-based treatment. The overall goal is to highlight RMDs as major diseases and a public health concern of pandemic proportions; whilst emphasising that early diagnosis and timely access to treatment can prevent further damage and burden on the individual as well as to society.

To help break down the barriers that delay early diagnosis, the integrated campaign activity will connect everyone working in RMDs, from medical doctors and health professional associations to patient groups.

The objectives of the ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ campaign are:

  • To highlight the importance of early diagnosis of RMDs and access to treatment in order to prevent further damage and burden on individuals and society
  • To break down the barriers that delay early diagnosis. People often do not go to a physician or health professional as soon as symptoms appear because society does not place sufficient value on joint care
  • To educate the general public that there are many different aspects of RMDs, that affect more than 120 million people in Europe alone
  • To raise awareness that RMDs can occur at any age – children and young people can be severely affected

Check out the official World Arthritis Day 2018 video by EULAR below:

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