Patient and Caregiver Resources

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) offers a variety of trusted educational information about arthritis and other rheumatic diseases for patients and caregivers. 

Be Informed

Browse more than 80 free, patient-focused fact sheets and videos for rheumatology patients. Explore the Simple Tasks campaign, which aims to educate the public by deepening the understanding of the impact of these diseases, thereby ensuring those who suffer from their effects receive the proper treatment to enhance their quality of life.

Patient Education Resources

Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month

Each September, the ACR and Simple Tasks™ recognizes Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) with an awareness campaign to raise awareness about the 100+ conditions under the umbrella of rheumatic disease such as Sjögren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and gout. During this time, the ACR focused on increasing public understanding of the symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, personal and economic impact, lifestyle, and healthcare challenges associated with rheumatic diseases. The Simple Tasks team has accomplished this through a variety of methods, including public service announcements, patient testimonials, and collateral pieces.

Take Action

  • Learn how Simple Tasks can help you take action.
  • Read about the ACR’s stance on current legislation and the latest news.
  • Learn how to participate in ACR’s legislative activities, like the annual Advocates for Arthritis fly-in.
  • Let your voice be heard by contacting to your members of Congress and telling them why they should support funding for rheumatic disease research and access to life-changing biologic drugs.

Share your Story

Do you have a compelling story to share about how your rheumatic disease affects every day simple tasks? Or about the importance of working with your rheumatologist? By sharing your experience with us, you can help influence policymakers to ensure more favorable policy for people living with a rheumatic disease. Share your story with the American College of Rheumatology.

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