Areas of interest

Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) is a multifaceted issue affecting not only the health conditions of individuals, but often affecting their social and economic inclusion and their independent living. Given the prevalence of these conditions in our societies, they also have a severe impact on the sustainability of health care and social security systems.

Hence, reducing the burden of these conditions on individuals and societies requires better public health policies and health care services to improve the prevention and treatment of these diseases. But it also requires a stronger commitment in areas such as research and innovation (for the improvement of our understanding and care of these diseases) as well as in employment and social affairs (for improving the living and working conditions of impaired or disabled people).

Research, public health as well as employment and social affairs are therefore the three main policy areas EULAR has prioritised for its Public Affairs activities.