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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.

The level of understanding and empathy from those around can have a profound effect on our behaviours and emotions.

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.

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40%

…of people living with RA report a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse or partner.

How a better understanding of RA can affect the strength of relationships.

Understanding

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.

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RA Matters shows that – regardless of group or country – understanding of RA; how it manifests and how it makes people feel; has a large impact on people’s lives.

Patients who feel that RA has had a negative effect on important family, social and emotional aspects of life.

The invisible impact

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.

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The negative impact those with RA feel on different aspects is closely linked to the level of understanding they experience from others.

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.

25%

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

Relationships

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.

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