EARLY INTERVENTION: ACTING QUICKLY CAN IMPROVE PROGNOSIS AND REDUCE COSTS
Source: EU Whitepaper
The importance of early intervention has been demonstrated for many chronic diseases, as work in Halifax, Canada has demonstrated for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis. As Susan Tilley-Russel, the Executive Director of the Arthritis Society Atlantic region, a major charity organisation working to fight the disease, states “We’re racing against the clock, we have three to six months from the onset of symptoms before potential permanent joint damage can occur, so this project allows the rheumatologist to work on early diagnosis and frees up some of their time so that the general practitioner can see stable patients.” In other words, early intervention for sufferers of RA has a serious impact on their long-term health outcomes, but the window of time to act is slim.
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Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.