Dear Colleauges,
As part of the ongoing project we would like to keep our data as up-to-date as possible.
If you have, or are aware of, any data which you think could be used to demonstrate the need for improved services for people with RMDs please submit in the form of 1-3 PowerPoint slides. The notes section can be used to provide the data source and an explanation of data implications. If you would like to provide data for our slides please email, is a three year project to raise and harmonise quality of care and enable equity of care of rheumatic diseases and other musculoskeletal conditions across all the EU Member States.

Musculoskeletal conditions are common; they are the biggest cause of physical disability, incur major social costs and are a major cause of lost productivity. There is enormous potential to reduce this large and growing burden across the Member States through evidence-based interventions and harmonisation of the standards of care. To achieve its aims, has developed the first European agreed patient-centred Standards of Care for people with OA and RA. It has also developed methods that provide each Member State with the tools to measure the burden of these musculoskeletal conditions and to monitor the quality of care that is being provided.

We hope the tools provided by will enable patient organisations, health care professionals and policy makers throughout Europe to keep up the good work and strive for equity for all people suffering from musculoskeletal diseases across the EU Member States. It’s in your hands now!

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