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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 gponline.com. 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.

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Building Healthcare Systems

Muir Gray’s powerpoint presentation suppied by “Better Value Healthcare”  http://www.bvhc.co.uk/

 

 

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.

Guest blog: How your local pharmacy can help 04/02/2019- by Leyla Hannbeck, Director of Pharmacy at NPA People living with musculoskeletal conditions are often taking several prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, so come into frequent contact with their local pharmacist. For example, someone with arthritis may be taking Co-Codamol for pain relief, patches for heat therapy and amitriptyline for depression. (ARMA’s policy paper on mental… ...
GIRFT spinal surgery 04/02/2019- Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report calls for short-term pain relief to be replaced with rehabilitation. GIRFT say that replacing short-term pain relief injections with long-term physical and psychological rehabilitation programmes could help tens of thousands more patients cope with debilitating back pain, in their new report on spinal surgery. See the spinal… ...
All Our Health MSK Chapter 02/02/2019- Public Health England added a musculoskeletal chapter to its All Our Health guidance to help health professionals prevent ill health and promote wellbeing in their everyday practice. This guidance helps front-line health and care staff promote the benefits of maintaining good musculoskeletal health with a focus on prevention, early detection and treatment. PHE also recommend… ...
Consultation on new Chiropractic Quality Standard: Osteoporosis 02/02/2019- The Royal College of Chiropractors has opened a consultation on a draft Osteoporosis Quality Standard and is seeking the views of all stakeholders including interested organisations, chiropractors, other healthcare professionals, patients and the public. Comments are invited on any aspect of the document including its relevance and applicability to the chiropractic profession, the achievability of… ...
CEO update: Let’s all get on the bandwagon together 01/02/2019- As I sat down to write this, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens was on the radio talking about plans to increase the ability of patients to see pharmacists and physios rather than a GP as their first point of contact in the NHS. Ensuring we have the right workforce to meet the growing health needs… ...
CEO update: The NHS Long-Term Plan – it’s what happens next that matters 08/01/2019- by Sue Brown, CEO ARMA The NHS Long-Term plan was published earlier this week. I was pleased to see quite a bit about musculoskeletal health throughout the document. There has been lots of immediate reaction, positive and negative. I think now is the time to focus on the positive, so here are my highlights. The… ...
Consultation on NICE principles 05/01/2019- The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is inviting comments on the consultation of a new version of the principles that guide the development of NICE guidance and standards. The consultation will run until 11 February 2019. The document brings together existing statements of the way NICE practices, in particular the principles set out… ...
Guest blog: Keep on personalising care 02/01/2019- by Sarah Duncan, Head of Clinical Policy, NHS England An interview on the news recently about stem cell research into cartilage replacement for osteoarthritis, made me reflect on the phenomenal pace of change and progress in the relatively short time of my career. As a new physiotherapist in the mid-1980s we used short wave diathermy;… ...
See the rest of our ARMA members’ posts tagged with ‘health policy’.