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Investigating the risk factors in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Twitter data analysis

Primary supervisor

Pari Delir Haghighi

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disorder that if untreated will lead to irreversible destruction of the joints. A better understanding of the beliefs regarding RA and its impact on the individual is important in order to improve outcomes. Recently, many studies have emphasised the impact of patients' views and perceptions on their health related behaviour. Identifying and understanding patient perceptions and beliefs play an important role in developing more effective and personalized models of care to improve outcomes in those with RA. Patient experiences of RA have traditionally been explored through qualitative studies that restrict the population size and the use of flexible/unplanned frameworks. 

Student cohort

Single Semester
Double Semester


The proposed project involves development and demonstration of a mixed-method framework (both quantitatively and qualitatively) for Twitter analysis. The framework aims to provide valuable insights into individuals’ beliefs and perspectives regarding their needs and concerns related to RA and assist health care providers and clinicians with developing more effective, personalised therapies.


Radawski, C., Genovese, M.C., Hauber, B. et al. Patient Perceptions of Unmet Medical Need in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Cross-Sectional Survey in the USA. Rheumatol Ther 6, 461–471 (2019).

Required knowledge

- Strong knowledge of NLP (sentiment analysis, topic modelling and BERT models)

- Qualitative study skills also preferable