The State of Musculoskeletal Health 2018

The State of Musculoskeletal Health 2018 is a resource for health professionals, policy makers, public health leads and anyone interested in musculoskeletal health.

The document contains the best available data on the prevalence, risk factors, comorbidities, and impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the UK, so you can understand more about the number of people living with and affected by these conditions. 

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Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures

Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures
Identifying vertebral fractures systematically has proven challenging for all clinicians and currently more than two-thirds are undiagnosed. The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that all vertebral fractures are systematically identified, reported using clear terminology to the referring clinician and lead to appropriate management to avoid further fragility fractures.

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Clinical Guidance for the Effective Identification of Vertebral Fractures

Clinical Guidance for the Effective Identification of Vertebral Fractures
Derived from current guidance, these seven standards reflect high-quality practice across the fracture prevention pathway. Detailed criteria and measures are included to allow evaluation of service performance. They provide the foundation for Peer Review of osteoporosis services.

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Primary Care Webinar – Bisphosphonates in primary care: starting, reviewing and stopping

Bisphosphonates in primary care: starting, reviewing and stopping

In this interactive webinar, the GP and rheumatologist presenters, acknowledging the multiplicity of guidance on osteoporosis management, present a pragmatic approach to risk assessment, treatment initiation, patient reviews, and drug ‘holidays’ or cessation. A reference flowchart and potential targets for audit is also provided.

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RCGP eLearning module

Gain CPD accreditation by completing theRoyal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and National Osteoporosis Society’s e-learning osteoporosis module. This half-hour e-learning module will test your knowledge of osteoporosis management including:
– identifying high risk patients
– when to initiate treatment
– how often to monitor patients

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Bone Densitometry Foundation Course

This e-Learning course will give you an understanding of osteoporosis, its assessment and prevention with specific relevance to the principles and practical techniques of DXA.
The modules are free to access and will take around 4 hours to complete. The assessment is CPD accredited and costs £50.00.

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Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

A comprehensive online resource for primary health care teams as well as webinar training for primary care health professionals. ORPC is the one-stop place to access online information about early diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis as well as resources to use with your patients.

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

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Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training (e-learning)

This online training course enables all health professionals to deliver excellent health care to people with or at risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice. The modules are free to access. The assessment is CPD accredited and costs £50.00.

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The National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway

In 2008 NICE estimated the cost to the NHS of back pain management was £2.1 billion, or just over £12 million for the average CCG of 300,000 people. In 2013 back pain was responsible for 11% of the total disability in the UK. The NICE guidance published in 2009 in general was not implemented.

The National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway is the product of a unanimous consensus of 29 stakeholders based on best evidence. Its objectives are to provide a streamlined care pathway for radicular pain, and most importantly an effective, managed pathway for patients with low back pain.

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Prevalence of axial spondyloarthritis in patients with acute anterior uveitis: a cross-sectional study utilising MRI.

Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) is the most common extra-articular manifestation of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). In this study, patients presenting with AAU were evaluated clinically and with MRI in order to estimate the prevalence of axSpA.

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