The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Dashboard helps patients and other stakeholders understand the facts about the disease and the gaps in the delivery of RA care and treatment in Ireland.

Ireland

General health information

Total population

Life expectancy men

Life expectancy women

4.76 million1

79.6 years2

83.4 years2

Annual health
expenditure

Obesity (% of population)

Smokers (% of population)

€ 23.8 billion3

23%5

23%6

Arthritis in the Ireland

Total people living
with arthritis

Women

Men

Frequency (per 1,000 persons per year)

Estimated people living
with arthritis in 2040

Arthritis cost to society (health care costs and loss to economy)

1 million6

Unreported

Unreported

Unreported

Unreported

Unreported

Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Standardized model
of care

Number of rheumatologists
per 75,000 population

Time to RA diagnosis after experiencing first symptoms (% of patients within 1 month)

RA patient time wait time for first rheumatologist visit
(% of patients longer than 3 months)

Unreported

0.3759

Unreported

Unreported

RA in the Ireland

Total people living with RA

Women

Men

Frequency (per 1,000 persons per year)

Estimated people living with RA in 2040

Arthritis cost to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

23,8397

Unreported

Unreported

0.3868

Unreported

Over 20,000 euros per patient per year8

Barriers to virtual care

Lack of digital skills

Access to internet

Cost of Electronics

Language

1 Central Statistics Office. Census 2016 Summary Results - Part 1.
https://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/population/2017/Chapter_1_Population_change_and_historical_perspective.pdf

2 Central statistics Office. Irish Life Tables.
https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/birthsdeathsandmarriages/irishlifetables/

3 Central statistics Office. System of Health Accounts 2019.
https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-sha/systemofhealthaccounts2019/healthexpenditureinireland2019/#:~:text=Ireland's%20current%20expenditure%20on%20healthcare,since%202015%20(Table%202.1)

4 HSE. Obesity.
https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/cspd/ncps/obesity/#:~:text=Ireland%20has%20one%20of%20the,living%20with%20overweight%20and%20obesity.

5 Department of Health. Ipsos MRBI, 2015.
https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/cspd/ncps/obesity/a-healthy-weight-for-ireland-obesity-policy-and-action-plan.pdf

6Arthritis Ireland.
https://www.arthritisireland.ie/newly-diagnosed

7 eumusc.net. Musculoskeletal Health in Europe Report v5.0. Table 6 Standardised prevalence rate RA per 100 population.
http://www.eumusc.net/myUploadData/files/Musculoskeletal%20Health%20in%20Europe%20Report%20v5.pdf

8 Statista. Incidence of rheumatoid arthritis in selected European countries in 2019.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1256413/rheumatoid-arthritis-incidence-in-europe-by-country/#:~:text=In%202019%2C%20the%20incidence%20of,the%20highest%20incidence%20in%20Europe.

9 eumusc.net. Musculoskeletal Health in Europe Report v5.0. Figure 77 Estimated annual cost of RA per patient by type of care.
http://www.eumusc.net/myUploadData/files/Musculoskeletal%20Health%20in%20Europe%20Report%20v5.pdf

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