Do you have a close relative with rheumatoid arthritis?

Study summary

Because both environment and genetic factors can contribute to the development of rheumatoid arthritis, some relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) will be at increased risk of developing RA themselves.

The aim of this study, which is being run by The University of Manchester, is to create a national database of close relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who are not affected by the condition themselves.  The study will look at the risk of developing RA using questionnaires to assess lifestyle factors, and analysis of blood samples to assess genetic links.

Who can take part?

Close relatives (parents, siblings, half-siblings or adult children) of someone with rheumatoid arthritis.  Participants must be aged over 30 and not have any inflammatory arthritis themselves.

What will the research involve?

  • Completion of a questionnaire (which can be done by post or online)
  • Having a blood sample taken at a GP or hospital location convenient to you

Where will the research take place?

  • The questionnaire can be completed by post or anywhere where you have access to a computer with internet.
  • Blood sample kits will be sent to you, which you can then take to your own   GP (if GP permits) or to any one of 47 hospitals in the UK who are participating in the study.

Posted on 27th March 2017 by Natalie Balmain

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Study References

Ethics approved references for this study are listed below

  • REC ref: 12/NW/0867