Find a research study
There are hundreds of research studies for arthritis and musculoskeletal disease being carried out in the UK. These studies are looking at all types of treatments including drugs, physiotherapy, psychological treatments and surgery.
Studies usually take place in several locations, and some may also recruit remote participants. Please note that all studies have strict criteria about who can take part.
Below you can find details of research studies funded by Versus Arthritis that are currently recruiting, including information on how you can participate or find out more. More opportunities will be added in the coming months.
In addition, there are many more research studies being supported by other funders in which you may be able to take part. You can find out about other UK research studies at the links to the right.
“I was willing to take part in the trial as my way of helping the understanding of lupus. It’s a silent illness that creeps up on you without knowing the full implications of what is happening. The research monitored my illness without being intrusive in my daily life. The staff worked appointments around my work schedule, and I got the benefit of specialist 1-2-1 care for 18 months" - Sherron, trial participant.
Location: Liverpool. An observational study investigating the causes of chronic pain in people with inflammatory arthritis.
Location: Nationwide. A questionnaire-based study aiming to develop a website to support people living with painful musculoskeletal conditions of the arm.
Effect of diet and exercise on osteoarthritis
Location: Bath. A study investigating whether a short-term diet and exercise intervention can improve symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Movement patterns and osteoarthritis
Location: Bath. An observational study investigating whether changing movement patterns can improve pain and wellbeing in osteoarthritis.
Physical Activity, Knee Joint Loading and Joint Health
Location: Bath. An observational study investigating how physical activity influences joint health following knee surgery.
Explore other research studies
Research opportunities for children and young people with MSK conditions
This leaflet (PDF) contains information on current and future research studies taking place across the United Kingdom (UK) into musculoskeletal conditions.
Be Part of Research
An online service that aims to help members of the public find out about health and social care research taking place across the UK.
An international database which promotes transparency in health research by providing a freely accessible platform for clinical studies from any location to be registered, encouraging updates and data sharing.
SHARE, the Scottish Health Research Register & Biobank
An NHS Research Scotland initiative created to establish a register of people aged 11 and over who are interested in participating in health research.