RESTORE research programme

We are home to the RESTORE Research Programme (Research Studies into the Orthopaedic Experience), funded by the UK's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This programme ran from 2009-2014 and was made up of several research projects focusing on improving patient experiences of joint replacement surgery.

Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is associated with pain and disability, particularly among older people. As the UK’s population ages, the number of people living with osteoarthritis will rise.

One of the treatments for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is surgical replacement of the affected joint, (known as ‘joint replacement surgery’ or ‘arthroplasty’).  Joint replacement surgery is now one of the most common elective surgical procedures in the UK (Judge, 2006). Over 120,000 of these operations take place every year, which accounts for 1 per cent of the UK’s total healthcare budget (NICE Osteoarthritis Guidelines, 2008).

With an ageing population, more and more people will undergo joint replacement surgery every year.

There is a pressing need to improve patients’ experiences of the procedure and to improve long-term outcome. This is where the RESTORE Research Programme worked to provide some robust research findings. RESTORE  (Research Studies into the Orthopaedic Experience) was based at the University of Bristol within the School of Clinical Sciences. On these pages you will find some links to the findings of the research programme.


  •  School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
  •  School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham
  •  Arthritis Care

Research projects

RESTORE's  team of researchers is working alongside clinicians to understand outcomes after joint replacement surgery and to design ways of improving these. RESTORE is made up of several individual research projects each addressing parts of the programme, funded by a programme grant for applied research from the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

See individual research projects below:-

APEX study

ADAPT study

ARENA Feasibility study

Experience study


Spiral study

Systematic reviews

Contact details

Vikki Wylde
RESTORE Programme Coordinator
Bristol Medical School
Translational Health Sciences
Musculoskeletal Research Unit
Southmead Hospital Learning & Research Building
(Level 1)
Westbury on Trym
Bristol, BS10 5NB

Tel: + 44 (0)117 414 7878

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