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Biography

Project Title: Exploring and redefining refractory/treatment-resistant disease and persistent symptoms in inflammatory arthritis  

Hema is currently a NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre funded PhD Student within Health Psychology and Inflammation Biology. Using mixed methodology, the concept of ‘refractory’ or ‘treatment-resistant‘ disease in inflammatory arthritis will be explored and redefined involving patients and multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals in this process.  

This current project follows on from Hema’s Health Psychology MSc project in 2017 investigating a biopsychosocial approach to pain in adolescents and young adults with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. 

Hema’s research interests are focused on rheumatology, health psychology and health services research; particularly the impact and involvement of patients and the public in designing and prioritising research projects to improve the quality and emphasis of research.