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Working with arthritis – our policy report

This report describes the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on the UK workforce and gives the perspectives of people with musculoskeletal conditions about working life.

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You can download our older policy reports from the list below. If you'd like further information, please contact our policy team via

Care Planning and Musculoskeletal Health November 2014Care planning and musculoskeletal health – November 2014 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 1.46 MB)
A line drawing of people in a playgroundMusculoskeletal Health: A public health approach – July 2014 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 3.01 MB)
Osteoarthritis in general practice – July 2013 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 3.87 MB)
Policy spotlight pdfArthritis, joint replacement and patients’ rights under the NHS Constitution July 2013 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 287 KB)
Arthritis Research UK Personal Health Budgets July 2012Personal health budgets: perspectives from people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions August 2012 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 1,452 KB)
Arthritis Research UK report -Twice as likely - putting long term conditions and depression on the agendaTwice as likely: putting long-term conditions and depression on the agenda – April 2012 – Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Depression Alliance, Diabetes UK, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Macmillan (PDF 181 KB)
Arthritis Research UK - Footwear reportA call to action providing better footwear and orthoses – 2012 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 250 KB)
Arthritis Research UK Report - A Heavy Burden A Heavy Burden: The occurrence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the UK today –  2011 –  Arthritis Research UK & the University of Manchester (PDF 1,256 KB)
Obesity and arthritis: Time for Action – February 2009 – Arthritis Research Campaign (now Arthritis Research UK) (PDF 837 KB)
Arthritis - The Big PictureArthritis: The big picture – 2002 – Arthritis Research Campaign (now Arthritis Research UK) (PDF 128 KB)

Arthritis Research UK policy


We're working to ensure that government policy meets the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.


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