The aims of the CORE (COVID-19 in rheumatic diseases) project are to determine the impact of the pandemic on health care utilization for the most frequent RMDs (incl. rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA), and osteoarthritis (OA). It will also assess the impact of different national COVID-19 lockdown policies on RMD patients’ healthcare utilisation in comparison with the reference population.
Project LeadM Englund
In the absence of a vaccine, protecting vulnerable individuals is the only strategy to reduce the impact of the deadly COVID-19 virus. The CORE project will provide the necessary knowledge to develop precise protection strategies for people with rheumatic disease and, in the eventuality of a vaccine, will help healthcare systems to prioritise people at higher risk. Altogether, this project will provide knowledge that will be immediately useful and will support future efforts against COVID-19 and similar pandemics.