Research can bring the breakthroughs we need to stop pain

13 January 2020
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We're launching a survey to bring together expertise from researchers, people with arthritis and healthcare professionals about taking part in research.

We want to hear your views and experiences of taking part in research, whether you've previously taken part in research or not. It’s easy and won’t take you long, access the survey here.

Why get involved?

We know you’re relying on us for the breakthroughs in research that will make your life better. Read more about our research achievements.

Research has the potential to find more effective treatments, improve care and management of arthritis and may even lead to a cure in the future. Research helps increase our knowledge of what causes pain and other symptoms, ultimately helping to improve people’s lives.

“Research funded by Versus Arthritis has had a huge impact on my life. You could say it gave me my three children, as research supported by the charity in the 1990s led to the successful treatment, I received for antiphospholipid syndrome which causes recurrent miscarriage.

Then in my late 40s, I had anti-TNF therapy for my rheumatoid arthritis, which worked amazingly well”  Jane Taylor, patient insight partner

Research studies rely on people’s experiences

Many research studies rely on people taking part in one way or another. This could involve being interviewed, trying a new treatment or being involved in clinical trials.  

A recent study of clinical trials in the UK suggests:

  • 31% were able to recruit enough people to take part in research.
  • This means that 69% of clinical trials could fail due to issues with recruiting enough people.

This is why we’re doing this survey as we want better understand people’s experiences of taking part in research, and to help support people to take part more easily.

Together we can make progress

Join us in making a positive difference for people living with arthritis and complete our survey today.

The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete and your views will help shape our support.