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Why do we need research?

We need research for a number of different reasons:

Developing treatments – We need to find the best treatment for different types of arthritis and to make sure they’re safe.

Developing new tests – By monitoring the development of rheumatic conditions we can improve the ways of measuring how they affect people and the results of any treatment. This might be done in a number of ways, from creating new blood tests to asking patients to complete questionnaires about their condition and medication.

Providing care – We have to be sure that the ways of providing care are the best for everyone involved. For example, we can find out how often patients need to be seen by a doctor, which tells us if their treatment is working, or what therapies can help people ease their symptoms.

Finding out causes – We need to find out what causes the different types of rheumatic conditions so we can try to develop ways to control, cure or even prevent them in the future.

It’s mostly because of research that we’ve been able to improve the care of people with arthritis. We need to continue with research if we want to learn more about different conditions.


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