Musculoskeletal calculator by Arthritis Research UK
At the ARMA Clinical Networks meetings this spring, Arthritis Research UK outlined how the Musculoskeletal Calculator would be produced to build on the epidemiological research, knowledge and expertise that it has funded and developed to date. The calculator will produce reliable estimates of local population musculoskeletal health burden and need for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including those looked after in primary care and specialist care; by physiotherapy, orthopaedics and rheumatology.
There have been a number of discussions with public health experts and research teams exploring the scientific methodology and practical delivery issues. Discussions are underway with members of the rheumatology commissioning support alliance (RCSA) to explore how the information produced by the calculator can enhance the work of the RCSA in supporting local commissioners.