MSK Return on Investment Tool

A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Continue reading

Health Matters- Productive Healthy Ageing – Musculoskeletal Health

This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action to support healthy productive later life with a specific reference to musculoskeletal Health. Continue reading

Recommended Musculoskeletal Indicator Set

A standard set of indicators for musculoskeletal health services relevant to people with arthritis and commissioners, created in partnership with the musculoskeletal community. The indicators describe the value, quality and cost of musculoskeletal services, aimed at those who are responsible for shaping services (commissioners and providers) and also relevant and meaningful to clinicians and patients. Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Calculator

Arthritis Research UK has partnered with Imperial College London to develop the Musculoskeletal Calculator, a tool designed to produce prevalence estimates (i.e. how many people have a condition) for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Estimates are currrently available for osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee, back pain and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for England and Scotland. Continue reading

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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Joint Pain Advisor

Chronic joint pain accounts for around 1 in 5 primary care consultations. GPs feel overwhelmed and are concerned that they don’t have the time or the skills to give people adequate information or advice.

To improve access to better management London Health Innovation Network has introduced Joint Pain Advisors into six primary care surgeries. Their role is to give people simple information, advice about self-management strategies, constructed personalised care plans and use behavioural change techniques to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.

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How to help people ESCAPE the misery of chronic joint pain

NICE guidelines recommend people with osteoarthritis receive information and advice about self-management, exercise and weight control. Unfortunately, few people receive these interventions.

ESCAPE-pain (Enabling Self-Management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise (www.escape-pain.org | @escape_pain) is a group-based, 6-week rehabilitation programme which combines exercise and education. Participants learn how to manage chronic joint pain and the interactions of the group are powerful in changing health beliefs and increasing physical activity. The Programme can also help people avoid/delay joint surgery.

ESCAPE-pain is both clinically and cost effective and is endorsed by NICE, the British Society of Rheumatology and Royal Society of Public Health. It is currently delivered at 27 sites across England including physiotherapy departments, community leisure centres and workplaces.

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Diet and Osteoarthritis Food Fact Sheet

This Food Fact Sheet is about the role diet has in managing symptoms of the most common arthritic condition,
osteoarthritis. The document has been written by expert dietitains and is designed for use by healthcare professionals with their patients. All BDA Food Fact Sheets are Information Standard accredited. This shows that the information in the sheets is from a reliable source.

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