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Research into a fitness aid for people living with rheumatoid arthritis!

Hello All,

My name is Lucy Platt and I and a final year student currently studying at Loughborough University on a Industrial Design Course. For my final year project i am creating a fitness aid for people living with rheumatoid arthritis and looking to acquire user feedback to help get a better insight into what users want that will then drive my product development.

I would really appreciate it if you could possibly spare a couple of minutes to fill out the following questionnaire attached, so that it would aid me in creating a desirable product for the end users.

The information below is participant information so that you all have an understanding of what you can expect, do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you have any further questions that you would like to ask. Again I really appreciate you help!

Thank You

Fitness Aid for People Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Participant Information Sheet

Lucy Platt, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University – 07889473550

I would like to thank you for taking the time to participate in my questionnaire; your feedback is very greatly appreciated!!

What is the purpose of the study?

The study is to gain a better understanding of the problems that sufferers from Rheumatoid Arthritis have, what they physically can and can't do when it comes to sports and fitness.

Who is doing this research and why?

The investigator is a student of the Loughborough Design School (Lucy Platt) at Loughborough University, and the research being carried out is to aid in the design of a fitness aid product for people living with RA.

Once I take part, can I change my mind?

Yes, after you have read this information and asked any questions you may have we will ask you to complete an Informed Consent Form, however if at any time, before, during or after the sessions you wish to withdraw from the study please just contact the main investigator. You can withdraw at any time, for any reason and you will not be asked to explain your reasons for withdrawing.

How long will it take?

This questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Who should I send the questionnaire back to?

The survey should automatically be returned to Lucy Platt once you have submitted the survey at the end, but if you have any further information that you would like to add please send it to:

What personal information will be required from me?

Details of the condition that you suffer from and the problems that arise with that, the coping strategies that you have that help you get through day to day life. The activities that you do in any form of exercise and any problems that you have carrying these out or with products that you use for this exercise.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All participant responses will be kept strictly anonymous and no personal information will be published.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study will be analysed and used in the design development of a fitness aid product.

I have some more questions who should I contact?

If you have any further questions regarding the study, please contact Lucy Platt on

Name: Lucy Platt


Contact Number: 07889473550

What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?

Please contact the researcher stating what you were unhappy about or if you would rather, contact the supervisor below.

Supervisors Name: George Torrens

University Address: Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 3TU


Contact Number: 01509 222664

The University also has a policy relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which is available online at ... eblowing(2).htm. Please ensure that this link is included on the Participant Information Sheet.

Here is the link to the questionnaire:

Thank you so much for participating!!

7 Replies

Hi Lucy,

I'd be very interested to know how you get on with this - do come back to the site and let us know!

Best of luck,



Thank you anne,

I shall keep you posted on how it goes, you never know if im lucky it may then be produced! Fingers crossed

Thanks again



Survey completed Lucy.

Good luck with project.

My son has just graduated from Loughborough uni so it has happy memories for him and the family!


Thank you Stocksy,

Ah its a small world isnt it!

Thanks again


Hi beachbabe here,

just completed your survey and hope it is of some use.

Good luck in your studies. x x x


Thank you beachbabe,

It is all useful to me, so thanks again


Please note this is not an NRAS approved survey and NRAS take no responsibility for it's construction or findings.


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