Take part in research or complete a survey

Research projects requiring participants:

How does stress affect chronic pain?

Auckland University of Technology is looking for Auckland-based people to take part in the study on how stress affects chronic pain. The PhD study is underway at AUT’s Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute (North Shore Hospital) and is investigating whether pain due to knee osteoarthritis is influenced by stress. People with long term pain conditions such as fibromyalgia are known to have problems with their stress response, which can contribute to chronic pain. We want to know if this is the case in people with knee osteoarthritis. This study will compare people with painful knee osteoarthritis, and people with fibromyalgia, to people who are pain free. Click here for more information.


Do you have osteoarthritis at the base of your thumb?

If you have osteoarthritis at your base of thumb joint, are 40 years or older, and live in Dunedin or Invercargill, we would like to hear from you. The University of Otago School of Physiotherapyare is investigating non-drug, non-surgical management of thumb base osteoarthritis.

In this study, participants will be asked to complete a 4-week treatment programme, 3 assessment sessions, an X-ray of the hand, and ultrasound imaging of the hand (sub-group of 8 participants only), over 6 months.

Anyone who is interested in participating in this study can contact the Clinical Research Administrator at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy. Email: clinicalresearch.physio@otago.ac.nz or Phone: 0800 687 489. For more information go to www.otago.ac./thumb-base-oa.


Preventing Gout Attacks When Starting Allopurinol

The University of Otago in Christchurch, in collaboration with the University of Auckland, is currently conducting a study on the effects of taking another medication to help prevent acute attacks of gout arthritis when commencing urate lowering therapy in gout arthritis. We are looking for people with gout arthritis who are not already taking allopurinol.

If you live in Christchurch or Auckland, are aged over 18 years, have gout, and would be interested in taking part in this research, please contact Jill Drake. Some exclusion criteria apply.

Jill Drake, Rheumatology Research Nurse, telephone (03) 378-6088 or 021 0849 6753, or email jill.drake@cdhb.health.nz


AquaPlus Pilot Project

Looking for people aged 45 to 64 years with osteoarthritis and located in Nelson, to take part in the AquaPlus Pilot Project. The aqua classes assist with weight management plus strength and balance. The fun classes provide support and education for people with osteoarthritis. If you would like to take part, or get some more information, please contact Nicola Rae on 021 078 8609 or email her at Nicola@bfit4ever.nz


Gluteal Exercises for Hip Osteoarthritis – GHOst Trial

Have you been diagnosed with mild to moderate hip osteoarthritis? Can you still walk a city block? Can you run 5 metres? You may be eligible for the GHOst study! Participants are needed from Dunedin and Mosgiel only

Click here to read more. 


Do you have osteoarthritis of your hand? If so, we want to hear from you

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition affecting thousands of New Zealanders.

We are currently undertaking research exploring the effectiveness of two different types of strengthening exercises for the treatment of hand OA, including the ability of exercise to reduce joint pain and improve a person’s ability to perform important activities of daily living.

It is hoped that findings from this research will inform the design of better treatments for hand OA.

To participate in this study you must be over 18 years of age, have been told by your doctor that you have hand OA, had hand pain for 3 months or longer and currently live in Auckland.

For more detailed information or to contribute to this study please contact Nico Magni on 09 921 9999 ext6581 or email nico.magni@aut.ac.nz



Invitation to participate in research study


Complete a research survey:

We are often asked to distribute surveys on behalf of researchers doing important studies on arthritis. We also run our own surveys covering anything from event feedback or surveys to help us improve on your experience with us. Have a look at the current surveys below:

Impacts on social relationships

Researchers at Auckland University of Technology invite you to complete a 20-30 minute anonymous online survey. The aim of the study is to find out how having a complex medical condition impacts on social relationships.

If you have any form of arthritis and your treatment involves seeing multiple medical specialists and you are aged 18 – 65 years, please take part in the survey.

Please click here for more information and to complete the survey.

Alternatively if you’d like to print it out and fill it in on paper, download it here.

Contact details: Dr Wendy Wrapson: wwrapson@aut.ac.nz; tel: 09 921 9999 ext 6136.


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