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Testing Arthritis Gloves in Rheumatoid/Inflammatory Arthritis



2015- 2018

Arthritis gloves are provided to people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Inflammatory Arthritis (IA). These apply pressure and warmth and aim to relieve (night and/or day) hand pain, stiffness and improve the ability to use the hands. We systematically reviewed arthritis glove trials.

A few small studies (all published over 25 years ago) identified: reduced finger swelling at night (only by about 1mm), but other effects were unclear. One study found similar benefits in participants wearing arthritis gloves providing pressure and warmth (termed compression gloves) and placebo gloves (thermal gloves providing warmth but no pressure).

It is unclear from the evidence if arthritis gloves are effective, or if just wearing gloves has the same result. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the effects of arthritis gloves on people with RA or IA with hand pain (A-GLOVES).

The trial started in September 2016 and trained 31 Rheumatology Occupational Therapists across 19 NHS Trusts in the UK to take part in this trial.

This is set out to be the largest Occupational Therapy-led RCT in the UK. The A-GLOVES sites officially opened to recruitment between February to May 2016 with a target to recruit and randomise 176 patients by April 2017. Further Information about the project can be found via the University of Salford Centre for Health Sciences Research page.

Watch a video of Alison Hammond speaking about A-GLOBES

Dr Yeliz Prior – Trial Manager [Main Contact at], University of Salford

Professor Alison Hammond – Chief Investigator, University of Salford

Dr Chris Sutton, Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit Lead

  • Dr Yeliz Prior, University of Salford - Trial Manager
  • Naz Arafin, University of Salford – Trial Research Assistant
  • Dr Chris Sutton, Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit
  • Glenn Holt, Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit
  • Alison Hadley, Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit
  • Sarah Cotterill, University of Manchester
  • University of Salford
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Southampton
  • Pennine MSK Partnership Ltd, Company No. 06598870

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Grant (Grant ID: PB-PG-0214-33010)