Sally Carkeet Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Interview

Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are being encouraged to openly discuss their overall health, emotional well-being and treatment challenges with their doctor to improve their quality of life.

New research shows more than half of people living with RA feel their lives are controlled by their condition. However, only 56% of patients discuss the impact RA has on their lives with their specialist. RA, which affects more than 420,000 Australians, can have a debilitating impact on a person's physical health and can be compounded by mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression.

A new online resource is being launched today to help support Australians living with this chronic health condition find the information they need to improve their overall health. Healthshare's Rheumatoid Arthritis Topic Page will allow those affected by RA to engage directly with specialists online, in a non-confronting environment.

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