Activities


We know that RA can prevent people from doing activities they used to. In this section, we explore the burden of RA on different activities and how this makes people with RA feel.

Getting ready to go out, household chores or simply going out for a short walk; these are all things that many of us take for granted.


However, for people with RA, even these activities can be a daily struggle. 62% of people with RA find their condition significantly impedes the ability to exercise. Furthermore, a staggering 23% have problems with daily grooming routines.

…of people living with RA find their condition significantly impedes their ability to exercise.

Daily activities

The physical aspects of RA - pain, fatigue and aching or stiff joints continue to be the largest barriers to completing activities.

Canada

63%

France

58%

Germany

58%

Italy

61%

Netherlands

54%

Spain

71%

Sweden

54%

United Kingdom

70%

Number of respondents = 3263

Canada

50%

France

51%

Germany

48%

Italy

49%

Netherlands

58%

Spain

56%

Sweden

41%

United Kingdom

59%

Number of respondents = 2810

Canada

47%

France

42%

Germany

38%

Italy

41%

Netherlands

42%

Spain

43%

Sweden

38%

United Kingdom

53%

Number of respondents = 2213

Canada

30%

France

29%

Germany

26%

Italy

24%

Netherlands

33%

Spain

32%

Sweden

30%

United Kingdom

37%

Number of respondents = 1593

Canada

20%

France

19%

Germany

21%

Italy

25%

Netherlands

20%

Spain

23%

Sweden

16%

United Kingdom

32%

Number of respondents = 1208

In addition to physical barriers, RA places a major emotional burden on people, leaving them feeling anxious and frustrated.


65% of patients who undertook RA Matters reported feelings of frustration at being unable to complete daily activities, with over a quarter feeling anxious (33%), like a failure (28%), isolated (27%) and like life is unfair (25%).

reported feeling frustrated at being unable to complete daily activities.

Age

Feelings associated with RA at different ages

There are notable differences between how people feel about their RA depending on their age. Younger people are more often negatively impacted by RA, compared to older generations.

Select an emotional state from the list below to discover the impact on different age groups of people living with RA.

Number of respondents = 5368