A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Continue reading
The MSK-HQ is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.
It was developed jointly by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele University and the University of Oxford, co-produced with active participation and feedback from people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, clinicians and academics.
Patients presenting with MSK problems make up to 1 in 5 primary care consultations and 10% of GP referrals. Enabling people to self-refer to MSK first contact practitioner (FCP) services can speed up access to treatment, reduce GP workload and associated costs, reduce unnecessary diagnostic referrals, increase self-management and reduce inappropriate referrals to secondary care.
To support clinicians, managers and commissioners in their efforts to forecast and monitor these impacts, we have developed an easy to use tool; the MSK First Point of Contact Model.
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.
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.
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.
Watch back this hour long webinar for Primary Care professionals for FREE. Presented by Dr Kevin Fernando, GP, this webinar covers:
1) Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis.
2) QFracture & FRAX for fracture risk assessment and who to refer for DXA.
3) Management of osteoporosis and prevention of fragility fractures using a
case study. Who to treat?
4) The role of calcium & vitamin D in bone health.
5) Multimorbidity, frailty, bisphosphonates and vitamin D.
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