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Rheumatology Studies

Phase 2: Adapting and testing work assessments for people with inflammatory arthritis: can you help?

We are looking for help from people with:

  • Osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or fibromyalgia
  • who work at least one day a week.

What is this study about?

Working people with osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or fibromyalgia, can have difficulties doing their job because of their health condition. Occupational and physiotherapists may offer advice about how to manage work difficulties. Work issues can be:

  • physical (such as moving, lifting) or managing the effects of arthritis/ musculoskeletal condition at work;
  • psychological (such as managing the demands of a job);
  • changes that have had to be made (such as having to miss days or time at work, using special gadgets or modifying work duties);
  • how people work with their co-workers or managers;
  • and how people manage to balance their work, health and personal life.


To help identify what advice and help is needed, therapists use assessments. 

We are adapting and testing seven work assessments originally developed in Canada. Before these can be used by therapists in the UK, we need to adapt and test them in the UK.

We need volunteers to complete our study questionnaires. This takes about 45-60 minutes. We can mail you a paper questionnaire to complete and post back to us in a FREEPOST envelope.

You can find further study information and our contact details here;


Many thanks: Prof Alison Hammond, Centre for Health Sciences Research, University of Salford

WORK PROMS website information Phase 2 v3 9.11.17  IRAS ID 233651

If you would like any further information on the studies, and to find out if you are eligible please contact:


Address: R&D office, C254, West Wing, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET 

Telephone01245 515136
Email: Research@meht.nhs.uk