Patient Perspectives Program

The American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals invite patients who have been impacted by rheumatic diseases, along with patient sponsor organizations such as a nonprofit patient group, to submit their stories for the Patient Perspectives Program, to be held at ACR Convergence, the ACR’s annual meeting. These stories will allow patients affected by rheumatic disease to share their journeys and experiences living with rheumatic diseases with thousands of rheumatology healthcare providers, worldwide.

Accepted submissions will be published online and in Arthritis & Rheumatology, the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, and will also be presented at ACR Convergence 2022.

Patient Perspectives Program News

The Patient Perspectives Program submission site is closed. Authors were notified of submission acceptance in late August.

Patient Perspectives
November 12, 5:00–6:00 PM ET

Patient Perspectives Eligibility

Who is eligible to submit a patient story?

ACR/ARP members and non-members are eligible to submit a patient story abstract. The presenting author must be someone who is living with a rheumatic disease. Submissions must include a patient sponsor organization, such as a nonprofit patient group. Patient authors may submit only one story abstract.

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.

Submission Guidelines

For more information on the Patient Perspectives Program, please review the Patient Perspectives Program Guidelines.

To present their story, presenting authors (patients) of accepted oral presentations will receive a complimentary one-day registration pass to ACR Convergence 2022.