Working towards rapid help seeking for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) symptoms
The Rheumatoid Arthritis the Public InformeD (RAPID) project started in December 2012 and will initially run for two years. It will explore the perceptions of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) amongst members of the general public, their knowledge of RA and their reaction to the presentation of RA symptoms. At the end of the project we will have a better understanding of why people might delay in seeking medical attention when experiencing the early symptoms of RA. This will help in the development of strategies to reduce this delay, through public health interventions.
At Birmingham University we recognise the importance of involvement of patients and members of the general public in all aspects of the research process, including the design and implementation of the research as well as its dissemination. The RAPID research partner panel currently consists of 12 people, including those with a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and those without.
This research is supported by The Dunhill Medical Trust [grant number R226/1111]