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Withdrawing from the study

You can withdraw from the study at any time. You do not have to give a reason and this will not affect the standard of care that you receive in any way.

How do study participants withdraw from the study?

The BSRBR-RA will be most valuable if few people withdraw from it, so potential participants are asked to discuss any concerns they might have with their rheumatology team or the BSRBR-RA team.

You can withdraw at any time from the study after giving your signed consent, by contacting the BSRBR-RA staff (phone, letter, email). We can then discuss the desired level of withdrawal from the following three options:

Option 1: No further participant contact

We will not send you any further questionnaires or surveys to you about your health, but we will continue to receive information from your rheumatology team at the hospital and via the linkage with the national databases.

Option 2: No further participant or hospital contact

We will not send you, or the rheumatology team at the hospital, any further forms or surveys asking about your health. Your record will still be linked with the national databases.

Option 3: Complete withdrawal

We will not send out any surveys or forms to yourself or rheumatology team at the hospital. We will also contact the national databases to un-link your record so no further information is received on your health status from the time you withdraw.

Concerns about the study?

If you have any concerns about any aspect of this study, you should speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions. If they are unable to resolve your concern or you wish to make a complaint regarding the study, please see below:

Minor complaints

If you have a minor complaint, you need to contact the researchers in the first instance. Please get in touch with Dr Kath Watson:


Formal complaints

If you wish to make a formal complaint or if you are not satisfied with the response you have gained from the researchers in the first instance, please contact:

The Research Governance and Integrity Manager
Research Office
Christie Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: +44(0)161 275 2674 or +44 (0)161 275 2046