Motivate RA: Helping people with Rheumatoid Arthritis increase their level of physical activity

People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis often find it hard to be physically active due to symptoms such as pain and stiffness. This study aims to identify effective methods to help people with rheumatoid arthritis increase and maintain their everyday physical activity levels (e.g., using mobile health technology).

The study is looking for people aged 18-65 who have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to take part in a 12-week physical activity programme. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home.  

Study For

Adults aged 18-65 who have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

Sponsored By

Liverpool John Moores University




Take Part


May 31, 2022

What is expected of me? 

Due to COVID-19, ALL aspects of the study will be remote. Therefore, you will not have any physical contact with researchers and can do everything from the comfort of your own home. 

An initial meeting (15 mins) with the study team will be used to confirm your eligibility for the study and gather your consent to participation. 

If you agree to take part in the study there will be a 12-week physical activity programme supported by materials provided by the research team. During this time you will ask to do three health assessments with an additional one at a 3-month follow-up time point.

Each health assessment will take 45 mins and will involve providing body measurements (height, weight, waist circumference), providing your blood pressure, and submitting a questionnaire. You will be sent home testing kits to complete these. Following each health assessment, you will be asked to wear a physical activity tracker to track your physical activity for 7 days.

What is the benefit for me?

All participants will have access to educational materials to increase physical activity developed by physical activity experts and physiologists from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at LJMU.

Who is the study for? 

Participants must:

  • Aged 18-65
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Have access to a smartphone with access to WiFi or a data plan
  • NOT have cardiovascular disease (not including controlled hypertension)
  • NOT have had a previous stroke or myocardial infarction
  • NOT have musculoskeletal impairment/disability precluding a walking intervention
  • NOT have changed medication within the last 3 months
  • NOT currently pregnant or planning a pregnancy

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