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Medical News & Perspectives
March 27, 2002

Chronic Disease Activists Target Arthritis, Asthma

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JAMA. 2002;287(12):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.287.12.1515-JMN0327-2-1

Atlanta—Arthritis, say activists, is a disease affecting millions of Americans that costs the United States $65 billion annually in medical and social expenses, but it is misunderstood and underappreciated by patients, physicians, and the public health community.

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control in February, these advocates for patients with arthritis presented several ideas for raising awareness and treatment of the disorder.