Global IMAS Report to be launched in January

Next month ASIF will launch its International Map of Axial Spondyloarthritis (IMAS) report, The burden of axial spondyloarthritis: a global patient perspective. The report demonstrates the challenges of living with axSpA – from getting a timely diagnosis to the health and socioeconomic impacts.  A core aim of IMAS is to incorporate the patient perspective and experience into healthcare policy and into decisions about axSpA care.  To support this, the report contains calls to action, aimed at healthcare professionals and policymakers.  These include ensuring the needs of axSpA patients are fully understood, that a multidisciplinary approach is taken to care and that healthcare professionals are better equipped to recognise the signs and symptoms of axSpA.  

The report will be an invaluable advocacy tool for our members and is an essential read for anyone interested in the impact of axSpA. Using IMAS results, we underline the real-life burden of axSpA on both an individual’s life, and on healthcare utilisation. 

In the lead up to the publication of the Report, ASIF continues to spread the word about the reality of living with the disease.  Our abstract and presentation at this year’s EULAR congress demonstrated how axSpA can affect almost every area of a person’s life and highlighted numerous unmet needs of those living with the disease. 

In November, we presented a poster on the IMAS findings and forthcoming global report at the Galapagos Patient Partnership Day and the EULAR PARE Best Practice Fair.  Both events gave ASIF the opportunity to share the IMAS project with other patient organisations and to demonstrate how we can use the evidence gathered through IMAS to advocate for change.

We will continue to disseminate the important results from IMAS; we are busy working with the IMAS scientific committee to prepare five new IMAS abstracts for submission to EULAR 2024.  

To coincide with the report publication, new webpages highlighting IMAS’ key findings will be published on the ASIF website, providing a fascinating deep dive into the data.  Additional materials, including an advocacy toolkit and infographic showing the key IMAS findings, have also been created to support our members’ work. These resources will be available in January.  

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