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:
- Join the Twitter Chat from your active Twitter Account.
- 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.
- Once you are signed in, you are welcome to tweet comments, facts, images, and videos as often as you like.
- 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!
- 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.
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