The Richard Horsford Award
A National Survey of the Provision and Attitudes towards Hydrotherapy
Led by Melanie Martin from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and Claire Jeffries from Solent NHS Trust, this study mapped the current provision of NHS hydrotherapy services for axial SpA (AS) across the UK and captured patients’ experience of hydrotherapy. The results highlighted the benefits of hydrotherapy in managing AS, the challenges of accessing hydrotherapy due to pool closures and the importance of continuing to deliver hydrotherapy through the NHS. Talks are currently in progress with the British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA) about continuing this very important research. Read more
The Audrey L Pape Award
Improving the assessment of fatigue in Axial Spondyloarthropathy
Fatigue is a hugely important issue for many people living with axial SpA (AS). Led by Kirsty Haywood and Nathan Pearson at the University of Warwick, this study aims to develop a greater understanding of the impact fatigue has for people with axial SpA (AS). The project is being conducted in three phases; a systematic review of the quality and acceptability of fatigue questionnaires used in axial SpA (AS) fatigue assessment, qualitative research with patients, healthcare professionals and researchers, and finally developing and comprehensive questionnaire.
The Kathleen Grace Upton Award
Assessing the impact of rehabilitative interventions on the natural history of ankylosing spondylitis
Brand new for 2019, this research is led by Matthew Young at the University of Bath, and aims to determine the long-term impact of rehabilitative interventions on the natural history of AS with two objectives:
- to prepare over 30 years of past clinical records for analysis
- to conduct an initial retrospective analysis assessing the role of residential rehabilitation courses on the natural history of AS
The results from this groundbreaking research will give us a deeper understanding of AS, help to predict biological and social outcomes, and help to determine the true benefits of treatments and interventions.