07 February 2023

To develop an intervention to help people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) “move more”, to improve RA outcomes.

We are looking to recruit people living with RA to be involved in a the “MovIng to Support Sustained Improvement of Outcomes iN Rheumatoid Arthritis – MISSION-RA” research study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The study is being conducted by the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford, Loughborough University, and the Universities of Bristol and Southampton. It started at the end of 2021 and will finish in 2026.

The MISSION-RA study aims to develop a new way to help people with Rheumatoid Arthritis increase their daily physical activity. This will be done through designing a wearable activity tracker and linked smartphone app. The tracker and MISSION-RA app will be personalised specifically for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis using artificial intelligence.

The MISSION-RA researchers need people to take part in interviews, focus groups and workshops, to help us to design the MISSION-RA app. The interviews and focus groups will be in July 2023 at the NRAS offices in Maidenhead. The workshop will be held in the Autumn of 2023, at the University of Birmingham. All travel costs to take part will be reimbursed.

About the interviews and focus groups: The researchers conducting this study are most interested in hearing about your experience of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and how this impacts your ability to be physically active. They simply want to be able to present ideas and get your thoughts on what you think. It does not matter whether you currently take part in any physical activity or not, we are interested in hearing the views and opinions of people who currently do no or very little physical activity, as well as those who may be more physically active.

If you are interested in contributing to the MISSION-RA study, then please get in touch with sallym@nras.org.uk.