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Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing (IMH&W) cohort

Hands of different colours and ages piled on top of each otherThe Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing study (IMH&W) was initiated in 2018 as a prospective cohort of people with, or at risk of developing, frailty, MSK pain or disability. IMH&W aims to identify discrete subgroups and their associations. It provides a longitudinal context for nested research, permitting targeted recruitment of participants for qualitative, observational and interventional studies, helping to understand recruitment bias in clinical studies and providing a source cohort for cohort randomised controlled trials. Ongoing recruitment within the UK through primary and secondary care, and through non-clinical settings has reached >8500 IMH&W participants. IMH&W has, to date, completed 3 waves (0, 1, 2 years) of questionnaire surveys, with wave 4 to commencing Q4 2021. IMH&W is part of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. Available data describe:-

  • demographic characteristics
  • pain severity, distribution and quality (McGill PQ descriptors)
  • Central Mechanisms of pain Trait
  • frailty (FRAIL)
  • disability
  • medications
  • comorbidities

IMH&W supports recruitment to a range of qualitative and quantitative, observational and interventional research studies, including;

Data enquiries and requests for IMH&W should be directed to

View IMH&W publications

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