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Thank you for having your say in the 2013 National Arthritis Survey

A woman reading a storyYour answers will help shape our future research.

Now you have answered our questions, we wanted to answer some questions that you might have for us.

Q. What has been your biggest breakthrough?

A. Our scientists pioneered anti-TNF therapy which has helped thousands of people with rheumatoid arthritis to get their life back. It is rare for a charity to play such a big part in the development of such a radically life-transforming class of therapies, so we’re rightly proud of our supporters’ role in this success.

Read more about our achievements so far.

Q. How does your research benefit patients?

A. Put simply, everything we do has the patient at heart. Our research is a mix of lab-based and clinical work involving patients. We strive to establish the best way of treating people today while also developing more effective treatments moving forward. And we always translate our findings into informative booklets and make them freely available to the public.

Read more about our research.

Q. How are you planning to improve patient care?

A. A key change is to shift attitudes from ‘wear and tear’ to ‘wear and repair’ - and that includes supporting GPs in doing more for their patients. For example, we recently invested £85,000 in a new training programme, jointly developed by Arthritis Research UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners, to improve GPs’ core skills in diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal conditions, and those of medical students.

Read more about our work with health professionals.

We hope you'll find the answers to all your questions on our website, but if you have a burning question you can't find the answer to please contact us.

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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.