Patient Perspectives Program

ACR Patient Perspective Poster Program

Through the Patient Perspectives Program, patients affected by rheumatic disease, along with a sponsoring organization such as a nonprofit patient group, are invited to submit their stories to share at ACR Convergence 2020.

Accepted submissions will be published online and in Arthritis & Rheumatology. First authors (patients) will receive complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2020 to present their posters. New in 2020, select submissions will be featured in an oral session where patient authors will have 10-15 minutes to present. All other submissions will be featured as digital posters on November 8 in the Poster Hall through “rapid-fire” poster presentations.

View Patient Perspectives Guidelines

Poster Submission

Submit Poster

Patient Perspectives Eligibility

Who is eligible to submit a poster

ACR/ARP members and non-members are eligible to submit a poster. The primary author must be someone who is living with a rheumatic disease. Submissions must include a patient sponsor organization, such as a nonprofit patient group.

What is eligible for submission

Submissions should meet one of the following criteria:

  • Address the question: “What adaptations did you and/or your healthcare team adopt to better care for your health?"
  • Describe how you became more engaged in healthcare
  • Demonstrate an idea that was put into practice, and how the idea resulted in improved quality of life
Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Interventions with exercise, diet, or lifestyle
  • Use of complementary therapy (not medication specific)
  • Enhanced communication to impact your patient care
  • Examples of engagement with the health professional team
  • Patient advocacy/research
  • The impact social media and/or support groups have made on your care or quality of life
  • Other adaptations made by you and your healthcare team that you think other physicians and rheumatology health professionals should know more about

What is not eligible for submission

  • Medication-specific or therapy-specific interventions.
  • Work that has been accepted for publication as a manuscript (e.g., full-length article, brief report, case report, concise communication or letter to the editor, etc.) before the patient poster submission deadline.

Multiple submissions may not be submitted by the same patient author.

Earn CME

ACR Convergence attendees can earn CME credit for viewing Patient Perspectives posters onsite at ACR Convergence, or by attending the oral session. See the Online Program (coming soon) for details.