Last month Arthritis Research UK published a report making a series of recommendations designed to improve the recognition of conditions such as osteoarthritis and back pain in assessments.
It is called A Fair Assessment? Musculoskeletal Conditions – The need for local prioritisation’.
The report sets out the results of research into the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) of the 152 local authorities that have a statutory duty to publish them, along with any supporting documents.
In particular, we looked for the number and context of mentions of:
- Generic mentions of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions/diseases
- Back/back pain
- Fragility fractures, bone health, osteoporosis and falls owing to an underlying musculoskeletal conditions.