To understand the full reality of life with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lilly created RA Matters, a traditional and social media survey of over 6,200 people across eight countries.

People living with RA not only face swollen joints and debilitating pain and fatigue.

They bear an emotional burden too – that can make them compromise some of the most fundamental aspects of life. Things many of us take for granted.

We believe that a deeper understanding of what matters most to individuals – in terms of relationships, activities, work and aspirations – can support people with RA to live the best lives possible. This site provides an opportunity for people to explore the results of RA Matters in a visual and interactive way.

The RA Matters project created by Lilly aimed to discover what people living with rheumatoid arthritis across eight countries truly feel about life with the condition.

Using innovative data collection, engaging communities through traditional and online means, RA Matters explored different aspects of life with RA – adding important new perspective and challenging perceptions.

To inform RA Matters, a brief qualitative survey commissioned by Lilly shed light on the current struggles, aspirations and what matters most to people who live with RA. The findings from this initial survey formed the basis of RA Matters and the types of questions people living with RA felt were important to address.

Of the 6,208 participants in the RA Matters survey, 5,400 were people who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and 808 were rheumatologists or healthcare professionals (HCPs) that treat RA. The survey was carried out between November 4, 2016 and February 13, 2017, from eight participating countries (listed below). RA Matters is supporting people with RA to have a stronger voice and ensure what they want counts for more in crucial decisions and discussions about their condition.

RA Matters is supported by

Participating countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom

By clicking on the one of the RA Matters theme links below you can explore the results of the survey, comparing responses of different groups of people living with RA, as well as the opinions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) that treat RA.