Educational activities in Germany about rheumatic diseases and the 'Don’t Delay, Connect Today' campaign will mainly be organised by the team of the “Rheuma-VOR” project. The project’s name can be translated as “forward with rheumatism”. Rheuma-VOR is celebrating its first year of existence on June 4, 2018, in Mainz, the capital of the German federal state Rhineland-Palatinate.

On this day, together with the federal state’s Ministry of Health, the health minister Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler and other healthcare officials, Rheuma-VOR will celebrate their 1,000th registered patient in their proof-of-concept study within one year. The event will also mark the start of this year’s rheuma bus tour – a two week round-trip across three different federal states in Germany (Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, Saarland) providing the public with information on early diagnosis and treatment options in rheumatic diseases.

The project Rheuma-VOR with its claim “Diagnose Quickly – Act Adequately” aims to address and connect patients, rheumatologists, health professionals, GP’s and the general public. The main aims are to:

  • Improve scientific knowledge on early diagnosis of chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthritis and psoriasis arthritis
  • Educate primary care doctors on how to adequately recognise early signs of rheumatic diseases and the importance of a timely referral of the patient to a specialist
  • Ensure timely access to targeted treatment that will improve the patient’s condition.

More information on Rheuma-VOR can be found on www.rheuma-vor.de (website in German).