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BSR Research Committee - introduction and aims

Introduction and principles

BSR’s interests in research are delivered through the Research Committee by focussing on the lives of people with rheumatological conditions through the lens of our membership, the expert rheumatology team who look after them. We benefit the public through the advancement of the multidisciplinary team and the development of clinical and scientific knowledge. 

BSR has an excellent and long standing history of collaboration and research through clinical audit and the multi-million pound biologics registries. 

The Research Committee’s role is to ensure overall coherence of research activities and that they are relevant to BSR’s strategic aims. Key to the Committee’s endeavours is the encouragement of engagement and participation in research by rheumatology health professionals and patients and protection of their interests through oversight of governance issues.

The Committee sees investment in people as key to research progress and creating a critical mass and succession of core researchers within the speciality.  BSR’s role is to support and encourage entry into and development of research careers, via our main resource - our members. 

Three main aims

Aim 1: To identify areas of health services and research that are relevant to the strategic aims of the BSR and select the most effective approaches to delivering them.

The scope of BSR’s clinical research interests could extend from medical science to epidemiology, out to broader health sciences that reflect allied professional concerns and health service delivery. The overarching aim is to develop the evidence base for clinical practice within the speciality and across the range of clinical health and medical domains related to treatment and care. 

For now the Committee has chosen to concentrate on research in health services, clinical medical and patient based domains.  

BSR has no methodological biases – whatever best answers the research question as phrased is the best method to use.

Our current research priorities [2015-16] are:

  • Improving efficiency of delivery of care. 
  • The composition and organisation of multi-disciplinary team care in rheumatology. 
  • Using IT solutions to improvements clarity in communication of treatment information for clinicians and patients.
  • Engaging patients with data collection and reporting.

The committee is working with a range of sources to identify the knowledge gaps relevant to BSR and its members, including:

  • Working with BSR’s committees (BHPR, BSPAR, Heberden, Clinical Affairs, Education and training, BRITs) 
  • Collating further research suggestions identified by BSR Guideline authors
  • Liaising with BSR’s Special Interest Groups

And most importantly…YOU! We’d love to hear about you research questions and requirements, please contact Alan with your suggestions. Please include an:

  • Outline of the gap in health services knowledge
  • Explaination the importance to BSR, BHPR or BSPAR members

Aim 2: To support, co-ordinate and collaborate in research projects in selected areas and, where appropriate, to commission research or apply for

BSR initiated projects:

  • BSR Researchers Mentoring Scheme (lead)
  • Regional variation in MDT composition (partner)
  • Simulation of musculoskeletal healthcare services in England (lead)
  • Impact of RA on working life, analysis of audit data (partner)

Aim 3: To encourage the use of BSR’s data sources for research.

The BSR Research Committee works to manage and maximise the use of BSR's data resources for quality research endeavours, by: