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‌‌Multimorbidity in Arthritis and persistent musculoskeletal Pain (MAP) Study

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The MAP Study explores the presence and experience of multimorbidity in people with persistent musculoskeletal pain or rheumatoid arthritis and looks at how the presence of multiple health conditions affects people’s capacity to manage.  Please note the study ended in January 2022, scientific publications are ongoing and will be added to these pages once they are published.

FUNDING: VERSUS ARTHRITIS Grant Referent: 21970 

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Project summary

Our study seeks to explore the presence and experience of multimorbidity (having two or more long term conditions) in people with persistent musculoskeletal pain and explore how the presence of a number of health conditions affects people’s capacity to manage. As musculoskeletal pain incorporates a wide range of conditions, we will also study these issues in more detail in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the commonest and best studied inflammatory arthritis.

We will undertake three pieces of related work to look at the general experience of people with persistent musculoskeletal pain as well as those with RA. The first two pieces of work involve statistical analysis of two existing sets of data (UK Biobank and the Scottish Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (SERA) cohorts) to examine what and how many conditions people with persistent musculoskeletal pain or RA have and how this impacts on quality of life and health-related outcomes such as mortality and hospitalisations; we will also explore whether patient factors like deprivation and age have an effect on the results.

The third piece of work involves interviewing people living with persistent musculoskeletal pain or RA and HCPs to explore their experiences of living with and managing persistent musculoskeletal pain or RA and multimorbidity. We are particularly interested in the "treatment burden" otherwise known as the workload of self-management that people experience and what influences their capacity to deal with any given level of treatment burden. 

Our findings will help us to develop new ways of managing and tailoring treatments for people living with persistent musculoskeletal pain or RA and multimorbidity that will minimise their level of treatment burden and maximise their capacity to self-manage.

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  • Jordan Canning, University of Glasgow

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