Co-designing a peer-led digital resource to support people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis to improve adherence with medication.


   School of Nursing and Midwifery

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Project Overview: Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease. Poor adherence to treatment may result in poor health outcomes; enhancing adherence can therefore improve overall effectiveness of treatment. Co-designing a peer-led digital resource with people living with RA and key health/support professionals will provide a novel approach to addressing their needs. 

Background: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting 1% of the UK. Treatment adherence is crucial for successful therapy, however poor adherence is a significant problem and may result in increased disability, and further medical therapy. Facilitated targeted digital support on enhancing adherence is essential.  

Aim: co-design a peer-led digital resource to enhance medication adherence for people living with RA

Objectives: Investigate key experiences and attitudes towards medications and medicines adherence from those living with RA and key healthcare service providers; co-design a peer-led digital resource with key service providers and those affected by RA 

Methods: Co-design study to determine the content and format of a peer-led digital resource for those living with RA. This may comprise videos of peers and healthcare professionals providing key advice and tips to improve medication adherence, and educational information via a serious game format. 

Stage 1: Focus groups with key RA healthcare/support professionals and people affected by RA, sharing their experiences of providing/receiving care for RA and treatment adherence.  

Stage 2: Co-design workshops with allied healthcare, support organisations and people affected by RA. Key themes from the focus groups will be discussed to identify priorities to enhance medication adherence, providing the digital resource format and content framework. .


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