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What are the advantages of taking part in research?

For many people, the main reason for being involved in research is to find out more information about their condition. Whether the research is successful or not you’ll have contributed to knowledge on the subject, and this could lead to the development of better treatment. There are other advantages to taking part in research.

If you’re a participant:

  • you might be given a more effective treatment
  • your condition may be monitored more closely
  • more information will be known about you and the way your condition affects you, so it might be easier for your doctor to tailor your treatment in future
  • you may meet other people with the same condition.

If you’re involved in other areas:

  • you could be helping people who develop the condition in the future by improving the care they’ll get
  • you may receive training that can be useful in other areas of your life
  • it gives you the chance to give something back to society
  • you can direct research into areas that you feel are most important
  • you might be able to give support to others with the same condition.
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.