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Our goals

In 2010 Arthritis Research UK identified 10 key goals which we will be aiming to achieve over the next 10 years. We will assess progress against each of these goals using existing information sources and, where necessary, by collecting appropriate new data. 

The goals will be reviewed annually. Arthritis Research UK cannot achieve these goals alone and we will actively encourage others in government, the NHS, academic institutions, industry and the third sector to work with us.

Our Partners

Arthritis Research UK will work with a range of partners to reduce the impact of arthritis, including:

  • Government(s), nationally and internationally
  • Other medical and medical research charities, nationally and internationally
  • The health sciences industry
  • The general public
  • The NHS,
  • Professional bodies, academic community and university sector.
 

Goal 1 - Raise awareness and understanding of arthritis and the leading role Arthritis Research UK plays in the battle against it.

At least half of the UK’s population will be aware of the pain and disability associated with arthritis and will know how to reduce their risk of developing it. Awareness and understanding of arthritis will increase.

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Goal 2-Be at the forefront of international efforts to develop new treatments for arthritis.

Treatments that accurately target arthritis will be identified for patients with most forms of arthritis, reducing pain, increasing mobility and allowing a normal quality of life.

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Goal 3 - Ensuring people remain active and free from pain.

At least half of arthritis sufferers across all age groups will be able to undertake their normal everyday activities without pain.

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Goal 4 - Reduce the economic impact of arthritis on the individual patient, their family and the wider economy.

The number of working days lost and the number of claims for long term Disability Living Allowance as a direct result of arthritis will be halved.

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Goal 5 - Understand how arthritis starts and develops.

We will have a detailed understanding of the causes and consequences of most forms of arthritis.Reduce the number of deaths and severe complications from arthritis in all its forms The risk of life threatening complications of severe arthritis will be substantially reduced as a consequence of earlier and more effective treatment with the risk of premature death falling by 40 per cent.

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Goal 6 - Reduce the number of deaths and severe complications from arthritis in all its forms.

The risk of life threatening complications of severe arthritis will be substantially reduced as a consequence of earlier and more effective treatment with the risk of premature death falling by 40 per cent.

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Goal 7- Develop approaches to reduce the need for, and increase the life of, joint replacement.

Advances in knowledge will enable the development of new approaches to preserving joint function and minimising pain resulting from arthritis and therefore postpone the need for joint replacement. Such replacements will also last longer and the current rate of complications will be cut by 50 per cent.

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Goal 8 - Reduce pain and disability in children with arthritis, allowing them to have a normal future.

Development of more effective treatments will substantially lessen the impact of arthritis starting in childhood allowing at least 80 per cent of children affected to have a normal future life.

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Goal 9 - Be at the forefront of international efforts to harness the potential of stem cells.

There will be a well developed programme of research in the UK with the necessary expertise, investment and infrastructure to carry out internationally competitive research aimed at using the body’s own cells to replace worn out joints in disorders such as osteoarthritis

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Goal 10 - Build a world class workforce to continue the fight against arthritis.

Enough expert scientists and healthcare professionals together with the necessary investment and infrastructure will be in place to continue the fight against arthritis for the foreseeable future.

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Arthritis information

Find out everything you want to know about arthritis and related conditions, including information on treatment and self-management.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.