RA can significantly change relationships with those people closest to you. In this section, you can explore the different ways that RA impacts on personal relationships.
With over 40% of people with RA reporting a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse or partner, it is crucial that the burden of RA on close relationships becomes a more important factor in key RA conversations.
…of people living with RA report a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse or partner.
RA Matters has revealed a strong correlation between people who feel that the emotional impact of RA is understood by those closest to them and the impact on their personal relationships.
Select the level of understanding to see how it can affect relationships for people living with RA.
Alongside the physical burden, RA also impacts people in 'unseen' ways. This can be seen when we look at the unspoken burden of RA on important social and emotional factors.
Select the different groups of people living with RA to see how they feel aspects of their lives have been negatively affected due to their RA.
Over 55% of people who don’t feel their RA is understood reported that aspects of their relationships have been negatively impacted.
Comparatively over 30% of people who think their condition is understood said aspects of their relationships have been negatively impacted.
People who feel their RA is understood are 25% less likely to feel that aspects of their relationships have been negatively impacted, compared to those who do not feel their RA is understood
All data represented in this graphic is taken from the results of the RA Matters survey