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  • The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. We have 40 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health – GMUSC

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is delighted to inform you about the paper “Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions” published online in the WHO Bulletin, May 2018.

International experts, working with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, are calling for global action from health authorities to address the huge burden of musculoskeletal conditions, which affect about one in three people worldwide, including younger people.

You can view the “Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditionspaper here.

The paper examines the global impact of more than 150 musculoskeletal conditions, including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fractures, and set three priorities for global action.

News from the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health regarding – 

  • the transition to Berlin from the United Kingdom;
  • the change in leadership;
  • and the arrangements for the G-MUSC Symposium and Annual General Meeting:
    Venue: Berlin, October 22nd – 23rd 2017

For more details on these items, open the G-MUSC Update in pdf.

In early August, ARMA has published a Policy Position Paper titled:

‘Rationing’ Access to Joint Replacement Surgery and Impact on People with Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions [document opens in pdf]

It deals with the damaging nature of thresholds and scoring tools, the problems of waiting times and restricted access to surgery, and how patients with musculoskeletal conditions are affected.

The Alliance is drawing attention to worrying trends in treatment access and the paper makes clear the key outcomes we are seeking from CCGs and the NHS.

Sunday 22nd October – Monday 23rd October 2017,
Berlin

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH

“Integrated Care for Older People – The Path to Universal Health Coverage”
in partnership with the German Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation

After many months of planning, the Global Alliance For Musculoskeletal Health are happy to announce that the G-MUSC Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be held in Berlin from 22nd – 23rd October, 2017.

The meeting will be jointly held in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) with support from the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany and the Japan Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. The WHO Global Consultation meeting will have as its focus “Integrated Care for Older People – the path to Universal Health Coverage.”

The G-MUSC meeting will begin on Sunday, 22nd October. On the Monday morning G-MUSC delegates will participate with the WHO consultation group in a shared session. Monday afternoon content will include NAN-hosted workshops for the group to share experiences of collaborative working related to musculoskeletal health and ageing which will directly feed into the WHO Meeting.

As an outcome of our G-MUSC Symposium, at the request of the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany, we will be developing a ‘consensus document’ regarding the importance of musculoskeletal health and maintaining mobility over the life course and the role of integrated care in delivering this. As you know, maintaining mobility and a healthy musculoskeletal system is essential for quality of life and is particularly important in older people. This document will help to support the prioritisation of musculoskeletal health in the WHO Healthy Ageing work. We look forward to your input into the development and finalisation of this consensus document during October.

Please note that there will be an ICC Meeting on Saturday 21st October in the afternoon and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health will be held in the afternoon of Monday 23rd October.

Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW and register your interest by contacting office@bjdonline.org.

Further details will be provided shortly regarding venue, location and meeting agenda, as well as a call-out to all NANs for update posters.

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: World Trauma Day

19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

World Arthritis Day (WAD) – 12th October 2016

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EULAR are running a campaign for WAD on ”The Future In Your Hands’, encouraging people to share their stories about how they have taken action to live their life to the fullest with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) and support others with RMDs.

Get involved via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join the conversation with the hashtag #WADstory.
Find out more at http://www.worldarthritisday.org/our-campaign.

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) campaign:

NASS-2015-logo-square-smallSee the NASS campaign www.nass.co.uk/patientvoicepatientchoice

Follow on Twitter with @NASSexercise.

 

Share Your Everyday campaign

aruk-2016-new-logoKicking off on World Arthritis Day this October, Share your Everyday will run for six weeks. www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shareyoureveryday

Following the same format as last year, the campaign will give people with arthritis an opportunity to share their experience of living with arthritis – we want to hear how they push back the limits of arthritis to make their everyday life better.

 

World Spine Day – 16th October

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World Spine Day is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, coordinated each year by the World Federation of Chiropractic.

This year the theme is “Straighten Up and Move” which accords with evidence supporting optimum care for spinal disorders and the World Health Organization’s focus on physical activity as a way to combat a range of health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity and, of course, musculoskeletal disorders.

For information and resources about how organisations can get involved go to http://www.worldspineday.org/.

World Trauma Day – 17th October

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World Trauma Day began in 2011 in New Delhi with the purpose to set a day aside to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and deaths.

World Health Organization (WHO) research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective intervention after trauma has occurred, including immediate pre-hospital care.

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day – 19th October

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World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, developed by the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) features educational stories on important bone and joint-related conditions and their impact on children.

The USBJI Pediatric Specialty Group’s goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children’s musculoskeletal health and to develop programmes and activities through research, education and advocacy.

Share your event or the day on Facebook or via Twitter @USBJI.

bjd icon smallThe Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is pleased to announce the first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care.  This has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. 

Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular conditions and how to implement that care in a local setting.

The Framework is intended to help those tasked with planning, implementing or evaluating health services to achieve an optimal Model of Care and its sustainable implementation. While the World Health Organization has developed a guide to assist nations in assessing capacity for responding to the burden of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and lung diseases, this Framework assists nations specifically address musculoskeletal health challenges through Models of Care.

Led by Associate Professor Andrew Briggs (Curtin University, Australia), the Framework was informed by experts from 30 nations, representing high, middle and low-income economies, using a phased research approach. The USBJI was represented by Dr. Kelli Allen, co-chair, and Dr. Tom Best, member, of the USBJI Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative Steering Committee. 

As Governments and other agencies worldwide recognize the immense burden of disease associated with musculoskeletal conditions, Models of Care will become increasingly important as a system-wide response. The Framework will help to support development efforts in Models of Care and offer an approach to standardizing evaluation.

Download: Executive Summary here  [copy attached]
Download: Full report here [copy attached]
Register your details here to receive updates about the Framework, other resources and opportunities to participate in further work related to the Framework.

BJD Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care | ARMA Post, 4th July 2016

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The first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health.

What are Models of Care?

Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular conditions and how to implement that care in a local setting.

Who is the Framework for?

The Framework is intended to help those tasked with planning, implementing or evaluating health services to achieve an optimal Model of Care and its sustainable implementation. While the World Health Organisation has developed a guide to assist nations in assessing capacity for responding to the burden of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and lung diseases, this Framework assists nations specifically address musculoskeletal health challenges through Models of Care.

How was the framework developed? BJD-2015-square

Led by Associate Professor Andrew Briggs (Curtin University, Australia), the Framework was informed by experts from 30 nations, representing high, middle and low-income economies, using a phased research approach.

Why is it important?

As Governments and other agencies worldwide recognise the immense burden of disease associated with musculoskeletal conditions, Models of Care will become increasingly important as a system-wide response. The Framework will help to support development efforts in Models of Care and offer an approach to standardising evaluation.

ADWoolf-x200_nlby Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair of ARMA and Chair of the Bone and Joint Decade: A Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

Musculoskeletal conditions continue to be the greatest cause of disability in the UK according to the Global Burden of Disease study [click for summary], accounting for 30%. Low back pain is the greatest specific cause of disability and osteoarthritis is increasing with ageing of the population and increasing obesity. We, the MSK community, have always known the impact these problems have on people and society but now policy makers cannot escape from the facts and have to come up with policies to prevent and manage them more effectively.

The drivers for political action are not just numbers of years lived with disability due to MSK conditions but the economic impact this has due to loss of work and independence. People are living longer and need to be able to work into older ages and maintain their independence. But with ageing physical function declines and people collect long-term conditions like children collected postage stamps. Society cannot afford to look after them. 

It needs to be recognised that musculoskeletal health is essential to general health and well-being and more invested in maintaining it. Promoting physical activity and ideal body weight is important but the gain for musculoskeletal health needs to be more transparent – people think it the main danger from obesity is diabetes but the risk of OA is just as great. We need other solutions to offer the policy makers to reduce the future burden. We know a lot of the “whats”, like early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis, but we need more examples of the “how” to demonstrate how it can be achieved in a cost-effective way.

We also have to work as an MSK community as no individual person or group can deal with the spectrum of MSK conditions and deliver the integrated care many need. The burden of disease data along with the current political context gives us a great opportunity to present ourselves as a community with solutions to offer – at last policy makers are asking for this and we have to meet the need.

Findings of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, from the Lancet.
More about the Bone and Joint Decade, including recent posts.

BJD-bannerKey dates and activities during BJD Action week 12th to 20th October 2015 are:

Monday 12th October               World Arthritis Day (WAD)

‘It’s in your hands, take action’ – EULAR PARE are asking people to take action for WAD share virtual High 5s on social media, using the hashtag #WADHigh5.

Lots of other activities are also running, see www.worldarthritisday.org for full details.

 

Friday 16th October                  World Spine Day

With back pain and neck pain one of the most common reasons for sick leave from work the focus of the day is helping people to maintain good spinal health and prevent workplace injuries. Take a photo of “your back at work” demonstrating a healthy spine habit and share using #spineselfie, #worldspineday.

See www.worldspineday.org for more details and download these tips on how to keep your back healthy.

 

Tuesday 20th October             World Osteoporosis Day  

Show your support by wearing white on World Osteoporosis Day. The National Osteoporosis Society are also running a campaign to encourage people to buy special orange laces, put them in their trainers, walking boots and shoes, and to get active in order to keep their bones healthy and strong.

Find out more at www.laceupforbones.co.uk and please share with friends, colleagues and family using the #laceupforbones. The charity are also running three free ‘Tie’ Chi events in Bath, Nottingham and Portsmouth which will include a flash mob of orange lace wearers.

BJD-squareThe Bone & Joint Decade is moving forward by renaming itself The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. This better represents what it is – organisations coming together in countries around the world to make musculoskeletal health a priority. It continues to be led by an International Coordinating Council with networks of organisations working together at a national level around the world. ARMA is the National Alliance for the UK and acts as an exemplar of what is needed in each country.

National Alliances such as ARMA are the formal voting members of the Global Alliance but regional and international organisations will be able to join the Alliance so that we can all work together on the common mission of gaining priority for musculoskeletal health. The first Annual General Meeting of the Global Alliance will be held in Oslo at the time of the World Network Conference, 8th and 9th October 2015. For further information see http://www.bjd2015.com/

world-spine-day-bannerEvery year on October 16th, people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day (WSD) as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.

 

To raise awareness on World Spine Day and in accordance with the “Straighten Up and Move” theme, the BJD are asking people to take a photo of their spine and share via social media using #worldspineday, #spineselfie. Photo should be tasteful, creative and help to raise awareness for healthy spine habits. Photos can be shared on the World Spine Day Facebook, Twitter (@World_spine_day) page or via email info@worldspineday.org.

Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities, even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.

 

Facts about spine disorders:

  • In recent Global Burden of Disease Study, low back pain ranked highest in terms of disability, and sixth in terms of overall burden
  • Up to 80% of people will suffer from back or neck pain during their lives.
  • 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.
  • Age is one of the most common risk factors for spinal pain, and the greatest effects of population ageing are predicted in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave.

 

The good news is that many of these common problems can be avoided!
For more information visit the World Spine Day website at www.worldspineday.org

For more information about the Bone and Join Decade- Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health and the Action Week visit bjdonline.org

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Global burden of disease studyOf non-communicable diseases in the EU and EFTA countries, musculoskeletal disorders now show the largest increase on the health of people, and account for almost 30% of all disability.

This is according to the EU and EFTA Regional Results (released November 13th 2013) from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. It shows that there has been an increase in NCDs for the EU and EFTA countries from 83.31% in 1990 to 86.14% in 2010, measured by DALYs.

BJD-squareRead the full EU and EFTA GBD Press Release, Nov 2013.

Read more about the UK data from the Global Burden of Disease study.