Why do we need research?
We need research to help us find out more about what causes bone and joint problems and to develop new tests and improved treatments. Read more
Who carries out research?
Research is often carried out by doctors and other healthcare professionals either within a clinical setting or within a university or research centre. Read more
What types of research are there?
There are many different forms of research, including observational studies of an illness, trials to compare different treatments or research into patient experiences. Read more
How can I take part in research?
There are several ways of being involved in research including being a study participant, joining a research funding committee or helping to analyse research findings. Read more
How do I get involved in research projects?
Your doctor, a researcher or your local Social Services may contact you directly to ask you to help them with their research, but you don’t have to wait to be approached. There are a number of different ways you can get involved. Read more
What information do I need about joining a research project?
Before you join a research project, there are a number of things you should find out. The researcher should answer any questions you have. Read more
How do I know this is a good research project?
Most research projects are scientifically reviewed by an independent panel which makes sure that the project is safe, ethical and of a high quality. Read more
How do I know I'll be looked after while I'm taking part in research?
You should feel comfortable about your role in the research project and know who to contact about any concerns. If you’re a participant, you can check that the study has been approved by an ethics committee Read more
What if the research project isn't right for me?
You can choose to withdraw from a project at any point if for any reason you decide it's not right for you. Read more
What are the advantages of taking part in research?
For many people, being involved in research allows them to find out more about their condition, but there are many other possible advantages. Read more
What are the disadvantages of taking part in research?
Although there are many benefits to being involved in research, you should also consider some possible disadvantages. Read more
What happens after I've taken part in a research project?
If you’ve only been involved in part of a project, there can be a long wait until the findings become available. If the researchers don’t automatically offer you the results, you can ask for them. Read more
What is Arthritis Research UK's contribution to research?
Arthritis Research UK support much of the research into arthritis and related conditions in the UK. Read more
Where can I find out more about taking part in research?
Several organisations can offer further information and advice on taking part in research. Read more