BJD Measures Global Burden of Disease

Landmark study shows impact of musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest cause of disability globally according to a report by international experts, published in The Lancet (Dec. 15, 2012). The first comprehensive study of the worldwide impact of all diseases and risk factors found that musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and back pain affect more than 1.7 billion people worldwide and have the fourth greatest impact on the overall health of the world population, considering both death and disability.

According to Professor Anthony Woolf, chair of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) International Coordinating Council, “Across the world, health policy has ignored diseases that affect the quality of lives and the independence of people living with them. It is time to place a priority on dealing with this enormous burden from arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions to prevent unnecessary pain and disability. These data justify what the BJD has been campaigning for during the past 10 years.”

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