Arthritis Twitter Chat Set For Tuesday With ABC

Arthritis Twitter Chat Set For Tuesday With ABC

By Ed Coghlan

You have some questions about arthritis?

ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser will host a Twitter chat – called “Arthritis in America” – on Tuesday from 1-to-2 pm EDT with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) – the nation’s leading organization representing rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals – will co-host the ABC National News “Arthritis in America” Twitter chat with ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser on May 17, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. ET, in recognition of May’s National Arthritis Awareness Month.

The #ABCDrBChat is an interactive, Q&A-style Twitter chat with some of the nation’s leading healthcare experts that focuses on popular health topics and attracts millions of participants and viewers each week. The “Arthritis in America” Twitter chat will cover topics such as living well with arthritis, current treatment options, research opportunities, and care challenges. Answers will be provided by Dr. William Harvey, MD, MSc, FACR, Director of the Arthritis Treatment Center at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Eric M. Ruderman, MD, Professor of Rheumatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, from the ACR Twitter handle at @ACRheum.

“The ACR’s goal in co-hosting the ‘Arthritis in America’ Twitter chat is to support the millions of Americans affected by arthritis by increasing awareness about its symptoms, treatments, current care challenges, and research opportunities,” said Dr. Harvey.

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are the nation’s leading causing of disability, impacting more than 50 million Americans.

“The ACR is dedicated to increasing understanding about rheumatic diseases and helping patients access and afford timely, effective care and treatment,” said Dr. Ruderman. “Patients living with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases often experience chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms for years before seeking treatment or receiving a proper diagnosis. Early intervention and treatment are critical to helping patients maintain quality of life, avoid long-term disability, and remain active in the workforce and society.”

Participants are encouraged to join the chat using the hashtag #ABCDrBchat.

Directions for Joining the “Arthritis in America” ABC News Twitter Chat:

  1. Join the Twitter Chat from your active Twitter Account.
  2. Sign into the Twitter Chat at 12:45 pm, EST the day of chat from the Twitter management tool that you prefer. Join at #abcDRBchat.
  3. Once you are signed in, you are welcome to tweet comments, facts, images, and videos as often as you like.
  4. Be sure to use the hashtag #abcDRBchat in all of your tweets. Doing so will make your tweets a part of the actual chat. You can use our #RheumChat hashtag as well!
  5. When responding to a question, include the letter “T” followed by the number of the question.

Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

If you join the Twitter chat, let us know what you thought about it.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. HJ at 12:35 pm

    I’m tech-savvy and I was going around in circles. Is there some sort of transcript? Gah. I think I hate Twitter.

  2. david at 6:18 am

    Its good to have a chat about arthritis-hopefully the doctor wont be hawking the goods of rheumatologists. The key is for professionals is to hear and be responsive to the needs of people in pain to work with people in pain for pain care is something that should be done with, and not to, people in pain. In this regard rheumatologists can and should understand the natural order of things in rheumatological care is far less then ideal. Osteoarthritis is on the rise as is knee replacements- this is bad for people in pain- but, of course, good for rheumatologists and surgeons.
    I have been on twitter chats before with specialists- and they are challenged to have a real conversation- as it is clear they wish to promote an agenda and their way of doing things. I hope the doctor during this chat will be more open to hearing the concerns of people in pain.

  3. scott michaels at 3:09 pm

    more rhetoric on why rehabilitating junkies is more important then allowing the 20 or so million people that take their needed medication as directed just to get through a day with minimal pain.
    More talk on how were the minority. I take oxycontin 80 mg 3 times a day. Where is this high?
    Yes, when i wake up the pain is aweful, everyday. 20 MINUTES LATER THE PAIN IS GONE.
    LET ME K OW WHEN WERE GOING TO HAVE A RALLY WITH PICKET SIGNS ETC. I PROMISE TO BE THE FIRST TO SIGN UP. THESE TWEETS, BLOGS ETC AGE GETTING US KNOWHERE, HASNT ANYBODY NOTICED THAT YET, EVEN AFTER THE ANDERSON COOPER DEBOCAL.