ARMA welcomes NICE announcement to develop quality standards for musculoskeletal conditions…

 

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) and its 37 member organisations welcomes the announcement by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to include rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, seronegative arthropathies, elective joint replacement (hip, knee and shoulder) and osteoarthritis, in its proposed list of NHS healthcare topics for quality standard development.

ARMA Director Ros Meek said:

“ARMA and its members welcome the announcement by NICE to develop quality standards for key musculoskeletal conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and low back pain. ARMA has been calling for the development of such standards since May 2010 and looks forward to working with NICE to ensure that these conditions are included in the final list of agreed quality standard topics. 9.6 million adults and 12,000 children in England suffer from a musculoskeletal condition and NICE’s decision to recognise these conditions in the list of proposed quality standards is a positive development which should help raise the quality of care delivered to patients.”

“ARMA continues to call on the Department of Health to develop a national outcomes strategic approach to musculoskeletal conditions t0 ensure that musculoskeletal conditions are fully prioritised in the new NHS and that the government’s reforms help deliver improved outcomes for patients.”

 

 

 

About musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions encompass around 200 different problems affecting the muscles, joints and skeleton
  • Nearly 10 million adults, and over 10,000 children, have a musculoskeletal condition in England today
  • Musculoskeletal conditions are a major area of NHS expenditure, comprising a separate ‘programme budget’ which – in 2009-10 – consumed £4.76 billion
  • This represents a greater spend than on neurological conditions, blood disorders, and infectious diseases, and is an equiva-lent level of expenditure to that on respi-ratory conditions
  • Expenditure on musculoskeletal conditions has increased rapidly in recent years, and is now the fourth-highest area of NHS spending

 

 

 References

 

Department of Health, Musculoskeletal Services Framework , July 2006

Department of Health, Musculoskeletal Services Framework , July 2006

Department of Health, Programme Budgeting Data, 2009-10

Department of Health, Programme Budgeting Data, 2009-10

Department of Health, Programme Budgeting Data , 2009-10

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