NOAR has changed the way we collect data. We can now offer participants the option of completing questionniares by post or online with fewer nurse appointments needed. The benefit of doing this will be that some barriers to participation may be overcome as it can be difficult for participants to access the hospital.
We will also ask you if you would like to be contacted about future research studies.
We will be sending out the new style questionniares soon.
Future Study - Gut Microbiome in RA
If you have early Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) you may be asked by your clinician to take an information sheet about a new study which will involve the collection of stool samples. Recent studies have shown that people with RA have a 'disturbance' in the balance of their gut bacteria and other microbes. This could also affect how well they respond to drugs like methotrexate. If we find a link, it is possible that therapies such as probiotics or personalised nutrition could be used to improve the effectiveness of treatment for RA. This proposed study is currently under ethical review.