General joint and lifestyle research

From time-to-time, we undertake survey-based research and other non-clinical projects, that provide evidence of the impact of joint disease on the lives of those who live with them.

Such research can increase understanding about how to address secondary impacts of joint disease on physical and mental health, and impacts on socialisation and working lives. These are important considerations for clinicians and health managers to understand.

The Healthy Joints, Healthy Hearts Risk Factor Survey

Over recent years, evidence has shown that people with any form of arthritis are at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

People with joint pain are more likely to contact health professionals – GPs, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists - in order to manage their pain. We believe that the moment such an individual presents is a ‘teachable moment’ in which cardiovascular risk factors should be discussed. This is of particular importance in working age men, and those of low socioeconomic status, as these are difficult audiences to reach with public health messages.

This research will provide needed evidence to determine whether there are gaps in clinical care among those with established arthritis (attending a rheumatology clinic) and community-based people with arthritis.

Weight Gain and Joint Pain

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed working life, with many organisations implementing “remote working”. However, there are associated health issues surrounding home working, including reduced physical activity. It may be that with the trend of a new remote working environment, the combination of reduced activity level and subsequent weight gain will result in people with arthritis experiencing worsening pain.

This research will investigate whether weight gain is associated with increased joint pain in community-based individuals with joint disease during COVID-19 and its relationship with levels of physical activity.