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).

RESTORE 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. Osteoarthritis is estimated to cost 1% of GNP per year (NICE Guidelines, 2014).

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.  As of 2018, it is estimated that over 200,000 of these operations take place every year in the UK (NJR 2019SAP 2019). 

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 was based at the University of Bristol. On this page you will find some links to the findings of the research programme.


Research projects

RESTORE's team of researchers worked alongside clinicians to understand outcomes after joint replacement surgery and to design ways of improving these.

See individual research projects within RESTORE, 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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