“HPRs provide timely, evi-
dence-based care for osteoarthritis
[that] reduces symptoms, comor-
bidity risk, and need for expensive
Timely intervention with osteoar-
thritis is important because of the
lack of medical drug treatments.
Apart from drug interventions, one
of the best ways to combat oste-
oarthritis is through healthy living
and prevention both at home and
in the workplace, she said.
“Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and nurses apply ergonomic principles to make the work
setting as healthy as possible and
prevent RMDs and further comorbidities.”
Implementation of the EULAR
campaign in Romania
The “Don’t Delay, Connect Today”
campaign has been an important
initiative in Romania, according
to Prof. Ionescu, president of the
Romanian Society of Rheuma-
tology and General Secretary of
“More than 600,000 people in
Romania (3% of the total pop-
ulation), out of which 2,000 are
children, suffer from inflammatory
rheumatic diseases that are includ-
ed in the RMDs category,” she said.
The aim of the campaign in
Romania has been similar to the
aim of the campaign overall – to
increase awareness of rheumatic
diseases and encourage people
to seek medical attention. Raising
awareness includes providing in-
formation on signs and symptoms
that may prompt individuals to
seek a rheumatologist’s advice.
The campaign is not only at-
tempting to reach Romanian cit-
izens but also those deciding on
policy. Prof. Ionescu stated that
individuals in the Health Ministry,
Insurance House, and Parliament
must be aware of the effects that
rheumatic diseases can have on
the population and the need to
supply funding for medical care.
Prof. Ionescu also discussed
some of the major challenges the
campaign has faced.
“[Some] major challenges we
faced in clinical activity refer to
insufficient funds from health care,
insufficient number of rheumatologists, reluctance of patients to go
early to rheumatologists. In most
cases, the rheumatologist usually
first sees the patient after he already has disabilities as a result of
RMDs, making remission impossible, as the evolution of destructive
lesions leads to an irreversible
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