Rheumatoid arthritis being diagnosed too late

Research conducted by the University of New South Wales for Arthritis Australia involving more than 800 Australians with all forms of arthritis has found that two in three people experienced delays of more than one year to diagnosis and one in three experienced delays of more than five years.

Nearly all participants (95%) reported arthritis limited their ability to manage daily activities with one third being unable to manage their home or garden, one in five unable to undertake domestic duties and 5% requiring assistance with basic personal care, such as showering and dressing.

In particular, people’s capacity to work was affected, with two in three people reporting that arthritis had affected the type and hours of work or study they were able to do and one in four reporting they were permanently unable to work or study due to their condition.

One in five participants reported struggling to meet their day-to-day expenses with many reporting