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 the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom

General health information

Total population

Life expectancy men

Life expectancy women

67.1 million1

79 years

82.9 years

Annual health
expenditure

Obesity
(% of population)

Smokers
(% of population)

£269 billion

28 %

12 %

Arthritis in the United Kingdom

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)

10 million2

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)

Yes

0.8963

Unreported

Unreported

RA in the United Kingdom

Total people living with RA

Women

Men

Frequency (per 1,000 persons per year)

Estimated people living with RA in 2040

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

430,000

322,500

107,500

1

Unreported

Unreported

Barriers to virtual care

Lack of digital skills

Access to internet

Cost of Electronics

Language

1 Office for national statistics, Population estimates https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates

2 British Society for Rheumatology, Workforce Policy Report 2021. https://www.macpweb.org/write/MediaUploads/CIGs/Rheumatology/BSR-workforce-report-crisis-numbers_June2021.pdf

3 (Extrapolated and averaged based on four UK's nations numbers and total population) British Society for Rheumatology, Workforce Policy Report 2021. https://www.macpweb.org/write/MediaUploads/CIGs/Rheumatology/BSR-workforce-report-crisis-numbers_June2021.pdf

Translate »