Hello. My colleague Jo Angouri and I (Tessa) will be carrying out some research into how this forum supports those with a new diagnosis of RA to live with their condition and make the most of the resources available to them. I have been a researcher in the field of rheumatology for 8 years now and have become really interested in how membership of an on-line community such as this is experienced. Jo has been doing research on identity and she is very interested in how on-line groups develop distinct norms and ways of supporting their members.
We will be looking at posts that already exist in the forum. NRAS has given us permission to do this and we want to reassure you of anonymity in anything that we write from this research. We hope that you see the value in us studying how forums can be useful to people living with chronic conditions and don't mind our presence on your forum! If you would be interested in hearing more about what we do or you wouldn’t mind talking to us about your own personal experience please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.