Dr Rebecca-Jane Law

Dr Rebecca-Jane Law
Research Officer

Research overview

Rebecca-Jane Law (Becki) is a Research Officer currently working as part of the Wales Interventions and Cancer Knowledge about Early Diagnosis (WICKED) programme team.

Becki is also involved with work for Public Health Wales, including research relating to the primary care cluster structure in Wales and the orthopaedic Lifestyle Management Programme for osteoarthritis. Previously, she worked on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnerhip (ICBP) which aimed to determine the root causes of delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment across 6 countries worldwide.

Before coming to the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Becki completed her PhD entitled ‘The effects of exercise on joint health in rheumatoid arthritis’ at the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. This work included both qualitative exploration of patient perceptions of exercise and physiological markers of joint health in response to acute and continued exercise. During this time and as part of her previous post at the University of Central Lancashire, Becki’s roles have also included teaching and supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Becki’s research in the area of clinical exercise physiology has also included the effects of exercise in chronic kidney disease.


S. Halls, R. Law, J. G. Jones, D. A. Markland, P. J. Maddison, J. M. Thom. ‘Health professionals’ perceptions of the effects of exercise on joint health in rheumatoid arthritis patients’, Musculoskeletal Care, 2016, doi: 10.1002/msc.1157.

D. Weller, P. Vedsted, C. Anandan, A. Zalounina, E. O. Fourkala, R. Desai, R. Liston, H. Jensen, A. Barisic, A. Gavin, E. Grunfeld, M. Lambe, R. Law, M. Malmberg, R. D. Neal, J. Kalsi, D. Turner, V. White, M. Bomb, U. Menon, ICBP Module 4 Working Group, ‘An investigation of routes to cancer diagnosis in ten international jurisdictions, as part of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership; survey development and implementation’, BMJ Open, 2016, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015–009641

Parsonage RK, Hiscock J, Law R-J, Neal RD. Patient perspectives on delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer: a qualitative analysis of free-text data.British Journal of General Practice (2016). DOI:10.3399/bjgp16X688357

Law, R.-J, Saynor, Z. L., Gabbitas, J., Jones, J., Kraus, A., Breslin, A., Maddison, P. J., and Thom, J. M. (2015), The Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Markers of Large Joint Health in Stable Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: A Pilot Study. Musculoskeletal Care, doi: 10.1002/msc.1103.

R.-J. Law, D. A. Markland, J. G. Jones, P. J. Maddison, J. M. Thom, ‘Perceptions of issues relating to exercise and joint health in rheumatoid arthritis: A UK-based questionnaire study’, Musculoskeletal Care, DOI: 10.1002/msc.1037, 2012.

R.-J. Law, A. Breslin, E. J. Oliver, L. Mawn, D. A. Markland, P. Maddison, J. Thom, ‘Perceptions of the effects of exercise on joint health in rheumatoid arthritis patients’, Rheumatology, vol. 49, no. 12, pp. 2444–2451, 2010.

J. K. Cooney, R.-J. Law, V. Matschke, A. B. Lemmey, J. P. Moore, Y. Ahmad, J. G. Jones et al, ‘Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis’, Journal of Aging Research, vol. 2011, doi: 10.4061/2011/681640, 2011.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

R.-J. Law, D.M. Markland, J.M. Thom et al., ‘Perceptions relating to exercise in RA’ in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lemmey, A.B. (Ed.), InTech Open Access Publisher, Chapter 16, pp. 331–350, 2011.

Manuscripts in preparation:

R. Law, S. Nafees, J. Hiscock, C. Wynne, N. Williams., ‘The Lifestyle Management Programme for osteoarthritis: a qualitative study’, British Journal of General Practice (under review)