New app for people with rheumatoid arthritis

(22/09/2015) A new app has been launched to help Irish people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

RA is a chronic and often painful condition that affects the joints, causing them to become inflamed. Around 40,000 people in Ireland are affected, almost three in four of whom are women.

The RAISE app has been developed by the rheumatology unit at St James’s Hospital in Dublin in conjunction with support group, Arthritis Ireland. The app provides a number of key features, including:

-Comprehensive information on RA-A progress monitor and activity tracker: This allows the user to record their pain and activity levels each week. This information can then be shared with their doctor during consultations-‘Take Control with Exercise’ programme: Simple exercise videos can be viewed and selected to help people focus on their own problem areas. The exercises included are designed to increase muscle strength and stamina, reduce fatigue and improve flexibility-Patient stories -Arthritis life hacks: Tips and advice on how to manage the condition in every day life-Information on working with arthritis.

“People of all ages are living with RA. No cure exists at present and the exact cause is unknown. However, there are many treatments available that can help to control the disease. The launch of the RAISE app is an important step in helping those with RA to manage their condition more efficiently and provides instant access to expert information, tips and resources,” commented Dr Michele Doran, a consultant rheumatologist at St James’s Hospital.

There are over 100 types of arthritis, affecting some 915,000 people in Ireland and according to Arthritis Ireland, this app may also benefit people with other types of arthritis.

“We welcome the launch of this first of its kind app and are confident it will significantly help those suffering with arthritis. Apps of this type provide a welcome additional tool to help people self-manage their condition,” said Arthritis Ireland CEO, John Church.

The RAISE app is available on both iOS and Android platforms and is free of charge.

For more general information on RA, see our RA Clinic here


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