You might be interested to read an article co-authored by Federico Moscogiuri, our director, with Dr Alan Nye. Published on gponline.com, the piece covers ideas on shared-decision making, spending variation and consultant-led pathways.
You can read the whole piece, titled “Viewpoint: Musculoskeletal disorders can be managed effectively in primary care“, by clicking here.
Early diagnosis, prompt referral and specialist intervention is essential for some inflammatory forms of arthritis, for example rheumatoid arthritis. But many people with MSDs, the vast majority of whom have osteoarthritis, can be managed effectively in primary care, if the care they receive includes a strong element of self-management and support to remain independent. For many, this also means avoiding potentially unnecessary (and expensive) interventions. Linked to public health targets, self-management is central to the prevention agenda.