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External Research Studies

This page details all of the current research studies looking for participants. Most of these studies relate to axial SpA (AS), arthritis, rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions, although we will also share research relating to long term conditions, pain and well-being.

We also currently have an additional section on studies related to COVID-19 which we have kept separate at the bottom of this page.

Axial Spondyloarthritis studies

Inflammatory arthritis in young men

A researcher from the University of West of England is conducting a study looking at the experiences of young men with inflammatory arthritis including axial SpA. They need your expertise to understand how the disease affects you and what you think works for managing as a young man.

Download the study advert

General rheumatology, arthritis and musculoskeletal studies

Global Rheumatology Alliance COVID-19 Vax Survey

The COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance are surveying people with rheumatic disease to better understand their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore risk factors for developing COVID-19. With the recent availability of various COVID-19 vaccines, they are interested in learning how people with rheumatic disease make decisions regarding the vaccines.

Take the survey here

Long term conditions, pain, well-being and other studies

Building a ‘pain forecast’ to predict chronic pain events 

Researchers at the University of Manchester are using data to build a pain forecast. This would work a little like a weather forecast and provide information such as pain severity in the future. The researchers are hosting a focus group and questionnaire to learn the opinions of participants around the possible information provided by this pain forecast.

Find out more information about the study and sign up here 

Flourishing and adolescent chronic pain

Researchers at the University of Bath are conducting a study to look at how young people (and their parents) may (or may not) experience some positive aspects as a result of living with ongoing pain. We are inviting young people between the ages of 11 and 24 who experience chronic pain to take part in this study, and also parents or caregivers of these young people to take part.

Potential participants interested in taking part can click on the link in the study advert to learn more about the study. Clicking on the link will take you to a website which tells you more about the study and what you need to do to take part. Taking part in the study will involve completing some online questionnaires about your pain and functioning (or your child’s pain). We will ask you to complete the same questionnaires in six months’ time.

Young people will receive a £5 Amazon voucher when they complete the first set of questionnaires and another £5 Amazon voucher when they complete the second set of questionnaires six months’ later.  Parents/caregivers will be included in a prize draw to win one of 14 Amazon e-vouchers worth £25 each once they complete the first set of questionnaires, and again when they have completed the questionnaires again six months’ later.

Download the study advert

Take part in the screening questionnaire

Activity Pacing in Chronic Pain

This project aims to study activity pacing, which is an approach to managing chronic pain by adapting one’s planning of activities and activity level. It will investigate the relationship between activity pacing and a set of psychological skills known as ‘psychological flexibility, and whether this relationship affects outcome in management of chronic pain. It is hoped that better understanding of this relationship may shed light on the most effective way to use activity pacing strategies for people with chronic pain conditions.

Find out more about the study

Take part in the study

COVID-19 specific Studies

VaccinAction 2021

Active Citizenship Network (ACN), is launching an online project, focused on understanding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the national immunisation plans.

Take part in the survey here


The information you provide will help clinicians determine the risk the infection poses to patients with rheumatological conditions. It will assist in determining whether medications for arthritis influence COVID-19 infection outcomes, and the influence of the infection on the rheumatological diseases themselves. This study is part of a large collaborative global effort to provide clarity for the rheumatological community.


Chronic pain experiences during COVID-19

This study will provide evidence to guide how those with chronic pain can be assisted in similar situations in the future, but also highlight the importance of social interactions for either facilitating, or hindering, the pain experience to aid in pain treatment when normality resumes. The study should take no more than 25 minutes to complete.

Chronic Pain Experiences

NASS is happy to share research requests but is not responsible for the content of external websites. By following any of these external links you understand that you participate in any research at your own risk and without liability to NASS.