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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) severely affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it. It can make them compromise some of the most fundamental aspects of life. Things many of us take for granted. And yet the understanding of the needs and priorities of patients with RA remains limited, making it difficult to balance the hopes of patients and key treatment decisions and overall. With a better grasp of the needs of RA patients, RA health professionals and patients can tailor their care, and assist regulators in making decisions that will do most to reduce its impact.
To this end, Lilly, alongside other stakeholders in the RA field1, run a survey to gauge how RA affects the lives of people who suffer from it, available publicly on RA Matters. The survey findings were published this week at the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress. Results show that while progress has been made in addressing the burdens of RA, respondents feel that its physical and emotional impact is not well understood by people without the disease. Also, 30% of surveyed individuals living with RA hope their doctor will put a stronger focus on what matters most to them when making key treatment and management decisions.
In the context of these results, Lilly colleagues across Europe are working with patient organizations and medical communities to raise awareness and encourage an open dialogue to prioritize what matters to RA patients:
RA can be debilitating, and drastically reduce the quality of life of patients. Solutions for improving outcomes for patients by aligning care with patient needs do exist, but we need to listen to and better understand patients and work together if we’re to really make a difference. While more needs to be done, these initiatives show the willingness of all stakeholders to take steps towards including more patient perspectives in RA treatment, and RA Matters is supporting these conversations.
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Eli Lilly and Company was founded in 1876, and is now the 9th largest pharmaceutical company based an annual sales which were just under $20bn in 2009. Orginally from the USA, Lilly now operates in over 50 countries with just under 40,000 employees. Appr...
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