Aspirations


Should life with RA mean that you sacrifice your ambitions? This section looks to the future and what is most important to people living with RA.

Despite much progress in addressing the physical burden of RA, many people feel RA hinders aspects of their lives.


RA Matters promotes looking beyond “what’s the matter with you?” to the more important “what matters most to you?” The survey data reveals an ambition for people with RA to feel better understood by those around them, and to also feel more comfortable about life with RA.

Hopes for the future

While understanding of the physical aspects of RA tends to be the highest priority, people with RA from different countries want different outcomes in their future. Over 50% of the respondents with RA hope for better understanding of the physical impact that RA has on their lives.

What else do people with RA want in the future, when it comes to understanding of their condition? Select an option from the drop down menu to explore which ambition is most important.

Canada

56%

France

54%

Germany

49%

Italy

37%

Netherlands

50%

Spain

59%

Sweden

40%

United Kingdom

58%

Number of respondents = 2745

Canada

42%

France

42%

Germany

51%

Italy

34%

Netherlands

42%

Spain

40%

Sweden

38%

United Kingdom

47%

Number of respondents = 2239

Canada

39%

France

38%

Germany

30%

Italy

34%

Netherlands

33%

Spain

55%

Sweden

43%

United Kingdom

45%

Number of respondents = 2087

Canada

32%

France

32%

Germany

32%

Italy

31%

Netherlands

32%

Spain

21%

Sweden

34%

United Kingdom

39%

Number of respondents = 1716

Canada

22%

France

15%

Germany

27%

Italy

12%

Netherlands

32%

Spain

12%

Sweden

18%

United Kingdom

18%

Number of respondents = 998

Canada

28%

France

28%

Germany

32%

Italy

38%

Netherlands

27%

Spain

35%

Sweden

37%

United Kingdom

27%

Number of respondents = 1586

30% of people living with RA hope their doctor will put a stronger focus on what matters most to them when making key treatment and management decisions


Over a third of healthcare professionals recognise this unmet need, indicating that they may already be looking to take more interest in what treatment outcomes matter most to their individual patients.

Understanding

The proportion of people who feel they would like to be able to carry out different activities trouble free

RA impacts people in different ways, meaning it can be difficult to understand what each person is going through. It is important that individual experience is prioritised when making key treatment and management decisions.

Select a group of people to see which activities are most important to them:

Select an activity to see the proportion of people who would like to be able to complete the activity trouble free:

Number of respondents = 4140

Number of respondents = 3770

Number of respondents = 3480

Number of respondents = 3451

Number of respondents = 3096

Number of respondents = 4140

Number of respondents = 3770

Number of respondents = 3480

Number of respondents = 3451

Number of respondents = 3096

Number of respondents = 4140

Number of respondents = 3770

Number of respondents = 3480

Number of respondents = 3451

Number of respondents = 3096

Whether it is people looking for intimacy in their relationships or being able to go out with friends, RA Matters supports a future where people with RA can put aspirations ahead of the impact of the condition.