Welcome. Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

We are very grateful for all the help and support we have received in producing this module.


Advisory Panel

Dr Tehseen Ahmed
Consultant Rheumatologist, currently working at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath.
Dr Karen Barker 
Physiotherapist, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford.
Dr Ashok Bhalla 
Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath
Ms Gloria Gorman 
Patient Representative
Dr Sally Hope 
General Practitioner, Woodstock Surgery, Oxford
Ms Sue Hind 
Specialist nurse – Osteoporosis Service, Derby City General Hospital. Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath
Dr Jacqueline Shipley 
Senior Physicist, Clinical Measurement Department, Royal National
Dr Mike Stone
Consultant Geriatrician, Academic Centre, Llandough Hospital, Llandough.
Ms Julia Thomson 
Specialist Information Nurse, National Osteoporosis Society, Camerton, Bath
Professor Sue Ziebland
Research Director - Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.

We would like to give special thanks to all the people who took part making this research possible, to Professor John Wass who provided additional help & the National Osteoporosis Society for their help with recruitment.

Supported by:
The Dunhill Medical Trust

Grant holders:
Sue Ziebland
Ashok Bhalla


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