Health services research awards announced

19:00 EST 28 Feb 2017 | Arthritis Research UK

We are delighted to announce the six projects awarded as part of an exciting new health services research call. The call for applications was looking to support research that produces evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and care services relevant to people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the awards are funded in partnership with Pfizer Ltd. In addition, awards with a particular focus are co-funded with our partners the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust or the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office.

Dr Natalie Carter, head of research liaison and evaluation, comments: “We are happy to announce the projects that have been funded through the health services research call. For those 10 million people within the UK who live with arthritis, the condition attacks what it means to live. By funding these projects, with the help of our partners, we hope to help people push back the pain, isolation and fatigue that arthritis can cause.”

Please find below details of the six projects funded through this call:

Joint funded by Arthritis Research UK, Pfizer and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office:

A feasibility study for Walk with Ease UK – a community-based walking programme for adults with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
Walk with ease is a community based walking programme (developed in the United States) specifically designed for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This study is led by Dr Kathryn Martin at the University of Aberdeen. It aims to determine how walk with ease will need to be modified before it could be implemented in the UK, and to gauge the possibility of conducting a trial to evaluate the programme’s effectiveness.

Joint funded by Arthritis Research UK, Pfizer and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust:

Aiming for patient centred treatment through use of the Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ)
The Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way. This project, led by Dr Jonathan Hill at Keele University, aims to find useful ways to implement the MSK-HQ into routine practice, and to assess its value.

Self-referral to NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapy: what is the impact on patients, general practice and physiotherapy services?
The overall aim of this study, led by Dr Annette Bishop at Keele University is to investigate the impact of self-referral to NHS physiotherapy for musculoskeletal conditions for patients, GPs and physiotherapists. Patients referring themselves to physiotherapy has the potential to put them in control of their healthcare, empowering them to access care when they are in most need and providing easy access to many of the recommended core treatments.

The PRELIM initiative: Improving musculoskeletal health intelligence
Effective health intelligence is needed for the common musculoskeletal conditions that cause the greatest amount of disability in the United Kingdom. The overall aim of the research, which is led by Dr Ross Wilkie at Keele University, is to use the primary care electronic health record alongside patient collected data to develop a system that can be used to describe the status of musculoskeletal health within the UK, and monitor variation over time and between different geographical and other defined populations.

Joint funded by Arthritis Research UK and Pfizer

Providing a standardised approach to virtual clinic follow-up of total joint replacement
Hip and knee total joint replacements are increasing in number each year. The aim of this study, which is led by Professor Philip Conaghan at the University of Leeds, is to provide a standardised approach and assessment for virtual clinic follow-up of total joint replacement patients and the subsequent management of patients identified by this approach as ‘at risk’.

Improving delivery of care and self-management for young people with arthritis
The overall aim of this project is to improve the care service provision and ultimately the quality of life of young people with arthritis through promoting service improvement. This project, led by Dr Despina Eleftheriou from University College London, has the potential to significantly improve the care provision and quality of life for young people with arthritis. The development and validation of a measure of adolescent and young adult rheumatology service quality will promote best practice and support services to provide appropriate care and meet the needs of patients.

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