Arthritis affects about one in a thousand children. In the majority of cases we do not know what has caused it. It could be related to your genes or to the environment. The arthritis may go away after some months or years or may persist into adult life. At the moment we cannot tell who will recover and who will have more long-term problems. The aim of the study is to identify factors that may be involved in the development of arthritis and to identify factors that may help predict how you will do over the long-term. Better understanding of the course of the illness will help in choosing the best treatment for children in the future.
You have been chosen because you have recently developed an illness called arthritis.
What is the purpose of the study?
Why have you been chosen?
Do I have to take part?
You do not have to take part if you do not want to.
If you decide not to take part it will not affect how your doctors treat you.
If you do decide to take part, and your parents agree, you can sign a form to show this if you would like to.
You can change your mind at any time without saying why