Research Involvement Opportunities - Arthritis Action

Research Involvement Opportunities

University of Warwick WITHIN Project

The Warwick Study of Mental Defeat in Chronic Pain (WITHIN Project) is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and is investigating how mental defeat can influence pain sensation, sleep patterns, social activity, physical activity and general health and wellbeing in individuals who have chronic pain.

We are currently looking for volunteers (UK-only) aged 18-65 with chronic pain conditions to complete a short online questionnaire. The questionnaire has three completion time points and participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for each time point that they complete. In addition to this, we have also just launched our new 100% remote access Longitudinal Sleep-Tracking Study! As part of the Sleep Tracking Study, participants will get the opportunity to wear an ActiWatch for a 7-day tracking period, receive a personalised breakdown of their sleep, and receive a £10 Amazon voucher. Please note, in order to participate in the Sleep-Tracking Study, participants must have completed our main questionnaire first.

For more information, or to find out if you are eligible to complete the main questionnaire, please follow this link.

You can also find out more about this study on the WITHIN Project website.

If you have any questions about the study, please email the team at

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.

University of Southampton

Researchers from the University of Southampton are conducting a funded research project Impact of COVID-19 on physical activity in adults with long-term conditions living in the UK to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and government restrictions on the physical activity and mental health of adults living with long-term conditions in the UK. The aim of the project is to assess the impact of physical distancing/self-isolation/shielding on physical activity behaviour and mental health, as well as barriers/facilitators to physical activity participation.

This study is an extension of our previous research conducted with the general population during COVID-19 restrictions, which demonstrated that people who were more physically active during COVID-19 restrictions benefited from better mental health and well-being. However, there was preliminary evidence that people with long-term conditions may have been adversely affected, so we are launching an online survey aimed specifically at adults living with one or more long-term conditions in the UK.  For further participant information and to complete the survey please click on this link.   

We estimate it will take an average of 20 minutes to complete the survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Research Fellow Dr Leire Ambrosio at

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.

Ulster University

A research project Network models of fatigue and pain in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions is being conducted by researchers from Ulster University and other universities in Europe in collaboration with representatives of patient associations.

Are you 18 years of age or older and do you have a rheumatic disorder? Then we kindly ask you to participate in a survey questionnaire. Completing the questions takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

The aim of the research is to identify which factors are associated with pain and fatigue. More information and access to the questionnaire can be obtained by clicking on this link.

There is no need to contact the researchers to complete the survey but if you have any questions you can email lead researcher Professor Ciara Hughes directly at

This research opportunity is NOT organised by Arthritis Action and we cannot take responsibility for your involvement.