Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease Revealed in New WHO Report

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease Revealed in New WHO Report

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"The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions at the Start of the New Millennium," a WHO report released on 27 October, aims to better prepare nations for the increase in disability brought about by the global rise in musculoskeletal conditions. Written in collaboration with the Bone and Joint Decade Initiative, (see our theme issue, Volume 81 (9), for further details), the report provides a snapshot of the extent of the problem and its impact. It is also intended to act as a baseline against which the effects of health interventions can be measured.

The 150 musculoskeletal conditions mentioned in the report affect millions of people in both developing and developed countries all over the world. They are the most frequent cause of disability and are amongst the most costly illnesses because of the long-term care and support they require. Total costs of musculoskeletal disease in the US in 2000 have been estimated at US$ 254 billion. In developing countries, the figure is estimated at US$100 billion, nearly twice that of total foreign aid for these nations. …

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