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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

Volunteers needed to test new tool

Researchers at the University of Bath looking for participants for a study to evaluate a smartphone based home measurement tool for axial SpA. This app is aimed at helping to support people with axial SpA in their self-management by providing home access to the BASMI with the help of a family member or partner. BASMI measurements are used to measure flexibility and range of movement to monitor disease activity and progression.

The study will take place over four weeks. You will be given a smartphone with a copy of the app installed and asked to have someone in your house use it with you to measure your BASMI score at least once a week. You will also be asked to complete several questionnaires and interviews over these four weeks to evaluate your experience with the app.

The results of this study will be used to help research into smartphone health apps, and may lead to the development of further home measurement tools for axial SpA and the BASMI. If you are interested, please contact Violet Henderson at:

HIIT for Axial SpA

A PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University is carrying out a survey study to assess the barriers and facilitators to high intensity interval training in individuals diagnosed with Axial Spondyloarthritis.

Take part here


General rheumatology, arthritis and musculoskeletal studies

There are currently no studies in this category.

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

Pain and Time Perception

a team at Liverpool John Moores University is exploring how chronic pain might alter the perceived passage of time during the day as well as how variations in pain intensity might alter this perception. The study consists of a short set of questionnaires asking questions regarding the individuals demographics and pain experience, mood and also how quickly individuals feel like time is passing today, during periods of high pain and during periods of low pain.

Take the survey

“Are we there yet?”

This study looks at  the experiences of 18 to 25 year olds and living with a long term condition. The questions will examine how people manage their conditions while experiencing the life changes that can happen during this period (e.g. college, first jobs, moving away from home, socialising, adult healthcare).

Take part 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

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.