A shortened summary of the webinar on including MSK in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments – slides with narration. The full webinar is worth watching, but this summary by Ian Bernstein is just 6 1/2 minutes long. Continue reading
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
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 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.
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.
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.