The impact of COVID-19 on rare and complex connective tissue diseases: the experience of ERN ReCONNET

Rosaria Talarico, Silvia Aguilera, Tobias Alexander, Zahir Amoura, Ana M. Antunes, Laurent Arnaud, Tadej Avcin, Lorenzo Beretta, Stefano Bombardieri, Gerd R. Burmester, Sara Cannizzo, Lorenzo Cavagna, Benjamin Chaigne, Alain Cornet, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Andrea Doria, Alessandro Ferraris, Rebecca Fischer-Betz, João E. Fonseca, Charissa FrankAndrea Gaglioti, Ilaria Galetti, Jürgen Grunert, Vera Guimarães, Eric Hachulla, Frederic Houssiau, Luca Iaccarino, Thomas Krieg, Marteen Limper, Fransiska Malfait, Xavier Mariette, Diana Marinello, Thierry Martin, Lisa Matthews, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Alain Meyer, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Luc Mouthon, Ulf Müller-Ladner, Simona Rednic, Vasco C. Romão, Matthias Schneider, Vanessa Smith, Alberto Sulli, Farah Tamirou, Domenica Taruscio, Anna V. Taulaigo, Enrique Terol, Angela Tincani, Maurizio Cutolo

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to provide high-level care for a large number of patients with COVID-19 has affected resourcing for, and limited the routine care of, all other conditions. The impact of this health emergency is particularly relevant in the rare connective tissue diseases (rCTDs) communities, as discussed in this Perspective article by the multi-stakeholder European Reference Network on Rare and Complex Connective Tissue and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ERN ReCONNET). The clinical, organizational and health economic challenges faced by health-care providers, institutions, patients and their families during the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak have demonstrated the importance of ensuring continuity of care in the management of rCTDs, including adequate diagnostics and monitoring protocols, and highlighted the need for a structured emergency strategy. The vulnerability of patients with rCTDs needs to be taken into account when planning future health policies, in preparation for not only the post-COVID era, but also any possible new health emergencies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Reviews Rheumatology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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