At Versus Arthritis, we’re determined to push back against the dismissal of arthritis wherever it occurs. Our campaign, The Painful Truth, is calling for change from the TV and film industry to help improve the visibility and portrayal of chronic pain in popular culture, so more people know what it’s like to live with painful conditions like arthritis. 

Tell us your views on the way arthritis and chronic pain are represented in TV and film. This short survey asks for your thoughts about what’s working and what needs to change.  
We’ll be using your answers to this section of the survey anonymously in publicised guidelines we’ll be providing to the TV and film industry. If you don’t wish to answer a question in particular, please feel free to skip it.

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* 1. How accurately do you feel TV and films portray pain? 

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* 2. Thinking about films or TV programmes that you've watched in the past two years, do you feel any featured a character that accurately represented your pain or condition, or that of someone close to you?

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* 3. Are you able to give specific examples of these TV shows or films?

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* 4. Does the way TV shows and films currently portray chronic pain impact how people understand your condition / experience, or that of someone close to you?

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* 5. Do you think better portrayal of chronic pain in TV and films would help society understand chronic pain more?

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* 6. What, if any, effect would more frequent and accurate depictions of chronic pain and arthritis in TV and films have on your day-to-day life, or that of someone close to you?

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* 7. If someone in the TV and film industry was writing a character with chronic pain or arthritis, what advice would you give them to portray the character accurately? (tick all that apply)

We’d like to understand more about you and your experiences, by asking a few personal questions. These will be used anonymously and aren’t mandatory, but will help us create more tailored recommendations for the TV and film industry.

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* 8. Do you currently have any of the following conditions?

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* 9. How does pain impact your day-to-day life?

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* 10. When were you born?
Please write the year you were born in the box below (e.g. 1963)

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* 11. What is your gender?
Please select one:

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* 12. Please write your full postcode in the box below (e.g. BN1 5PP)
This is to help us understand how people’s experiences vary around the country.

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* 13. What is your name?

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* 14. I confirm that I am happy for my full name to be included within the publicised guidelines on portraying chronic pain in TV and film, as someone who supports the campaign.

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* 15. What is your email address?

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* 16. I confirm that I am happy for Versus Arthritis to get in touch with me to update me on the campaign and any opportunities to get involved and tell my story publicly.

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* 17. Want to hear more about the work we do and ways you can support Versus Arthritis? Don’t miss out on the latest arthritis news, research, campaigns, volunteering, fundraising and events.

If you're already receiving information and don't tick a box, we'll continue to contact you according to the preferences you've already given. You can change your preferences or opt out at any time by contacting us. For more information on how we protect and use your personal information, please see our privacy notice.

Thank you for taking part. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your views and experiences.

Over the coming months, we’ll be creating guidelines for the TV and film industry to help improve the visibility of chronic pain, and how it is presented.

Together we can change the way the TV and film industry presents pain and make sure people with arthritis get the recognition and support they deserve.
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