Arthritis Action has produced a number of reports and publications looking to identify new ways of supporting people living with arthritis in the United Kingdom.
We are very pleased to report that we organised over 140 Group meetings and events this year, with over 2,500 people in attendance. We have also provided much-needed telephone support to more than 2,000 people since lockdown in March.
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that no matter the circumstances, our work must continue. None of our accomplishments this year would have been possible without the endless support of our Members, partners, volunteers, supporters, staff members, Trustees and service users. We are confident that together, we will continue to make a difference for communities affected by arthritis across the UK.
To learn about our impact, have a read through our 2020 Impact Report (opens pdf).
COVID-19 and Arthritis Survey Results
In light of World Arthritis Day, 12 October 2020, we published findings of a survey, looking at the effects of COVID-19 and lockdown on the daily lives of people with arthritis.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 42% of people living with arthritis reported that their pain has increased according to the survey. Considering there are over 10 million people living with some form of arthritis in the UK this would equate to over 4 million people experiencing increased arthritis pain during the ongoing pandemic.
Read the COVID-19 and Arthritis Survey Report here (opens pdf).
Arthritis: the Impact on Daily Life – With YouGov
On 12 October 2018, we released the findings of a nation-wide questionnaire-based study we commissioned, of people of working age living with arthritis. We found that it is associated with significantly lower levels of life satisfaction than the UK national average, in a survey of 2,074 people with arthritis in Great Britain.
The research, carried out by YouGov, examined the life impacts of arthritis on people of working age in Great Britain, and explored the effects the condition can have on personal well-being, life satisfaction, and mental health.
Read the YouGov Report here (opens pdf).
Overcoming the Challenges– by Spotlight Market Research
In 2014 Arthritis Action conducted research among people living with arthritis (both osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis), including in-depth interviews with GPs and senior public health professionals. Its aim was to stimulate debate and inform the medical professions, government, voluntary groups, associations and charities; and also individuals living with arthritis or those caring for someone with arthritis.
Read the Overcoming the Challenges Report here (opens pdf).