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.

Each September, the ACR and Simple Tasks™ recognizes Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) with an awareness campaign that focuses on amplifying patient voices and experiences.

The 2020 campaign theme, “My Disease May Be Invisible, But I’m Not,” spotlighted the diverse experiences of individuals who live with chronic and sometimes debilitating rheumatic diseases that affect more than 54 million adults and an estimated 300,000 children in the U.S. In a recent survey, two-thirds of Americans living with rheumatic disease reported their disease sometimes feels invisible because they “don’t look sick” to those around them – a finding that illustrates the continued need to increase awareness and end the stigma surrounding chronic diseases.

Throughout the month of September, patients living with rheumatic disease were encouraged to submit a photo, video or a few of their own words describing their experience living with an invisible disease, or submit a letter to the editor of their local newspaper discussing this year’s survey findings. View the patient stories

Download the RDAM Flyer

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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