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Global burden of disease study

“Health policy across the world has ignored diseases which affect the quality of lives and independence of people living with them and focused on those with high mortality such on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Now with people living longer it is time for priority to be placed on dealing with this enormous burden from arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions to prevent unnecessary pain and disability and enable people to keep independent.’’

Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) International Co-ordinating Council, from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro The Global Burden of Disease study 2010, researched by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is the first comprehensive study of the impact of all diseases and risk factors worldwide. The GBD data referring to the UK points to musculoskeletal conditions as being responsible for nearly one third of the entire national burden of disability.

Health Policy in the Media

Articles posted on external websites. Prioritising Musculoskeletal Disorders Click to read article

“By making musculoskeletal care a priority, the government and NHS can make significant savings in healthcare as well as for the economy. It is time to bring these conditions and the people who live with them to the forefront of health policy to enable better management and outcomes as well as much-needed financial savings.’’

In November 2012, Vicky Chamberlain of the Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Forum published an article titled “Prioritising musculoskeletal disorders makes economic sense,” in which she advocates a coordinatation of musculoskeletal care to help the NHS make significant savings. The Real Challenges Facing the NHS Click to read gponline article

Musculoskeletal disorders are very broad and do not always fit neatly into our current, biomedically-dominated approach to delivering, and measuring outcomes in, healthcare. They are often complex, are associated with many co-morbidities and many of them tend to fluctuate.

Federico Moscogiuri and GP Dr Tom Margham, lead for primary care at Arthritis Research UK, co-author an article in GP Online which interprets the findings of the Global Burden of Disease report. Musculoskeltal disorders can be managed effectively in primary care Click to read gponline article

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.

Dr Alan Nye and Federico Moscogiuri, our director, co-authored this article on shared-decision making, spending variation and consultant-led pathways. It was published in Is back, neck and muscle pain hurting the UK economy? Click to read BBC article

Almost 31 million days of work were lost in 2013 due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Labour Force Survey found that musculoskeletal conditions accounted for more prolonged absences than any other ailment.

This research from the ONS highlights the enormous impact of MSK disorders on work, and by extension the UK economy. Read the accompanying article by the BBC Business reporter, Joe Miller.

The Health and Social Care Network

Click to read National Voices article

Every time you get people in health to talk about the big issues facing the sector, you can be sure that the issue of joined-up working and joined-up care will come up. And when you start talking about joined-up working, you’re not far from talking about networks.

Read this post by ARMA’s Federico Moscogiuri on the National Voices website.

Health Policy Presentations

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“How do we get policy makers to take musculoskeletal health and conditions seriously?”

This chart is taken from a fascinating, illustrative PowerPoint presentation document by Professor Anthony D Woolf, of the Bone and Joint Decade. Click the image to see it full-size or click here to open the presentation slides.


Building Healthcare Systems

Muir Gray’s powerpoint presentation suppied by “Better Value Healthcare”



Recent Health Policy Posts

The following are a selection of ARMA members’ posts from the last few months of our arthritis news feed that have been categorised as relating to Health Policy.

Public Health England – Case study and report on lessons learnt 29/09/2018 - A report by Public Health England has been published in the World Health Organization's European journal, Public Health Panorama. "Developing partnerships and a whole-system approach for the prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in England" Abstract: This case study reviews the experience of PHE in developing and implementing a public health approach to the prevention of and ...
The restrictions on access to care – the impact of waiting for surgery 29/09/2018 - The BOA is nearing the end of our Centennial year and reflecting on 100 years of developments in orthopaedic surgery. While innovation in surgical techniques has dramatically improved patient care, the changing nature of healthcare delivery systems, rationing and access to care mean that many patients are still struggling with the day-to-day impact of MSK ...
Versus Arthritis is Working It Out at the conferences 29/09/2018 - Versus Arthritis is currently promoting their new report, “Working It Out” on the Access to Work programme at the political party conferences. At the time of writing the team have attended Liberal Democrat and Labour, and are preparing for Conservative and SNP conferences.  The report is based on a survey of almost 1,600 people with ...
MSK – Not a challenge anyone can solve alone 27/09/2018 - I have just returned from the British Orthopaedic Association centenary congress, where ARMA had a session on integrated pathways for orthopaedics. One thing that struck me about the event was the recognition of the importance of multi-disciplinary working. There were significant numbers of delegates who were not orthopaedic surgeons, particularly physiotherapists. A session I attended ...
Call for evidence: PHE and NGC review treatment dependence, discontinuation and withdrawal 27/09/2018 - Public Health England has commissioned the National Guideline Centre (NGC) to produce an evidence review of the literature on dependence, short term discontinuation and longer term withdrawal symptom from prescribed medicines, and their prevention and treatment. The NGC is inviting stakeholders to submit research data or reports on two key areas to inform the review: ...
Global Spine Care Initiative papers 26/09/2018 - The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health wishes to bring to your attention a series of papers published in a supplement of the European Spine Journal this month. They have been written by the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), a sub group of World Spine Care, which in turn is a project of GMUSC. This was ...
Adopting the holistic approach 03/09/2018 - Guest blog by Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair, ARMA [Republished from the NHS England blog] Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have a huge negative impact on the health of the population.  People with MSK problems making a first approach to health services can find it difficult to access the right support and some experience delays in getting the correct diagnosis and management, ...
Consultation on proposals to amend the ABPI Code and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure 03/09/2018 - The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has been working on changes to the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure. The proposed changes follow work done by a group chaired by Hugo Fry, Sanofi UK Country Chair and General Manager Sanofi Pasteur, established by the ABPI Board, as ...
See the rest of our ARMA members’ posts tagged with ‘health policy’.