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.

The level of understanding and empathy from those around us 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.

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

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.

Emotionally understood

Number of respondents = 1902

Emotionally not understood

Number of respondents = 2797

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.


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.

Patients who feel that RA has had a negative effect on important family, social and emotional aspects of life. not understood

Number of respondents = 5400

Number of respondents = 5400

Number of respondents = 5400

The negative impact those with RA feel about 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.