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North East Early Arthritis Cohort

Study Code: UKCRN 12902

Location: Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Contact phone number: 0191 2231171

Contact email: n.thalayasingam@newcas

Why is this study important?

1% of the adult population in the UK are affected by Rheumatoid arthritis. It is a major cause of ill health, disability and loss of employment. The findings from this study are intended to improve early detection of inflammatory arthritis and insure that patients are offered the most effective treatment for their individual condition. This would benefit not only the patients but also reduce costs for the NHS.

What is the aim of this study?

The study aims to discover new tests that will help Doctors to:

diagnose different types of arthritis more accurately

match treatments to patients in a way that controls everybody’s disease even more effectively than they do now.

What do people in this study have to do?

If you decide to take part, the nurse or doctor in the Early Arthritis Clinic will describe the project and go through an information sheet with you. He or she will also tell you which type(s) of samples they would like to collect from you for this study. The type of samples that they will be collecting will include one or more of the following:

Blood samples

Urine samples

Samples of fluid from a joint (if it is drained)

You can chose which samples you are willing to donate.

Most of these tests will be carried out at the same time as routine clinical tests.

What are the risks and benefits for those taking part in this research study?

There are no direct benefits to you personally from taking part in this study. However, the information gained from this study will help to:

understand how arthritis develops and progresses

develop better drugs and strategies for effectively treating arthritis in the future.

There is no anticipated risk.

For further information about this study please contact

Prof John Isaacs

University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Institute of Cellular Medicine
Claremont Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Tel: 0191 2223117

Dr Nisthanthi Thalayasingam

University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Musculoskeletal Research Group
4th Floor, Catherine Cookson Building
The Medical School
Framlington Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Recruitment to this study is due to end on 7/1/2017 

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