About Don't Delay, Connect Today
In 2017, EULAR launched the Europe-wide campaign entitled ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ with the goal to highlight rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as major diseases and a public health concern of pandemic proportions, and that early diagnosis and timely access to treatment can prevent further damage and burden on the individual and society.
The campaign targets the public, physicians, health professionals, occupational health therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and policy-makers.
Why it matters?
They say life is short – so give it your best shot. For many millions of people in Europe the opportunity to design a good life is however severely limited by a chronic disease.
There are over 200 rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, RMDs. All of them can have debilitating effects on the individual, their life and career prospects, as well as national health care systems.
Approximately 100 million people in Europe are currently diagnosed with an RMD, there are however at least 100 million more who are living without a diagnosis.
EULAR started the campaign, Don’t Delay, Connect Today in 2017 with the purpose of raising awareness around the importance of early diagnosis and access to care – for all.
Don't Delay, Connect Today Life stories
||11-year-old Aran talks about his life living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease
Meet Simon Stones who was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, JIA, at the age of three. Today, Simon is undertaking advanced studies at university to obtain a PhD, and speaks about his ability to take action to bring his life onto this track thanks to early diagnosis.
Simon believes in the importance of a collaborative approach between doctors, people including young people and their parents to enable successful outcomes for all.
Kate Betteridge was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA, at age 13. Her family doctor successfully identified symptoms and within eight weeks an accurate diagnosis was made.
Early diagnosis enabled Kate to go on to fulfil her dream of becoming a journalist and to integrate the management of RA into her life, rather than letting RA dominate her life and passions
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EULAR PARE Member Organisations' participation
Member organisations of EULAR PARE have taken part in the Don't Delay, Connect Today campaign with a series of activities.
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The Don’t Delay, Connect Today campaign will be implemented in Poland through a series of 12 short videos during 2018 and through a short booklet with useful information about RMDs, specially for people with RMDs, produced by the Polish Rheuma Federation.
The videos will give short messages about early diagnosis with the focus on the problems of the feet affected by rheumatic diseases and how to prevent disability. Each video will give a different perspective by a different professional like podologist, rheumatologist, physiotherapist e.t.c.
The aim is to support efforts in shortening the delays in diagnosis of a rheumatic diseases and make it possible from the onset of the first symptoms.
The videos will be in Polish, distributed through the social media and the website of the Polish Rheuma Federation addressing mainly the public in Poland but they will be subtitled in English in order to be shared outside Poland as well. The booklet will be shared online but also in hard copies at the National meeting in Rheumatology in September 2018.
More information and the videos will soon be available.
EULAR hosts campaigns to help achieve its goal in the area of Advocacy: to increase participation in work by people with RMDs by the year 2023.
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EULAR PARE sessions at the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology
A series of scientific programme sessions were held at the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology around the Campaign Don't delay, Connect Today in order to provide further context to participants.
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