BMUS-ExecSum-cover-200x259Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS): The Executive Summary has been published and distributed to Congressional legislators in DC and their health affairs staff, editorials based on BMUS are slated to appear in a number of publications, and work on the next round of updates has begun.

The Executive Summary of the current edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost (BMUS) was released by the USBJI earlier this year. Titled The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans — Opportunities for Action, this colorful booklet with clear and colorful graphs highlighting key statistics has now been distributed to legislators on Capitol Hill and their Health Affairs staff. It is a booklet any member of the public can read to better understand the impact of musculoskeletal health, and it proposes alternative strategies to lower that impact.

BMUS has changed from a static document to become a dynamic publication. The goal of BMUS is to draw attention to the burden on society of musculoskeletal disorders, and to serve those who need this data. Editorials based on BMUS are slated to appear in a number of publications, and others are being prepared for submission. 25,000 unique visitors were registered visiting the BMUS website during 2015, and this level of traffic has continued into 2016.

To obtain copies of the Executive Summary booklet in print, email usbji@usbji.org. Or it can be downloaded directly from the BMUS website, at www.boneandjointburden.org.

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