Prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in the developing world

Woolf, Anthony D., Brooks, Peter M., Akesson, Kristina and Mody, Girish M. (2008) Prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in the developing world. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology, 22 4: 759-772. doi:10.1016/j.berh.2008.07.003

Author Woolf, Anthony D.
Brooks, Peter M.
Akesson, Kristina
Mody, Girish M.
Title Prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in the developing world
Journal name Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-6942
Publication date 2008-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.berh.2008.07.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 759
End page 772
Total pages 14
Editor A. D. Woolf
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Bailliere Tindall
Language eng
Subject 110322 Rheumatology and Arthritis
920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis)
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract Musculoskeletal conditions are an increasingly common problem across the globe due to increased longevity and increased exposure to risk factors such as obesity and lack of physical activity. The increase is predicted to be greatest in developing countries, and there is thus an urgent need for the implementation of strategies and policies that will prevent and control these conditions. The ideal is modification of the risk factors in the whole community, and this will have wide-ranging health benefits as these risk factors are common to other major conditions. Changing people's behaviour is a challenge; targeting those at highest risk is potentially more effective, providing that there are both affordable ways of identifying those at risk and affordable interventions. Early intervention in those with a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis is probably the most cost-effective approach, but requires diagnostic capacity – in clinical skills and/or technology – as well as access to care. There is now much evidence for what can be achieved, but the challenge is how to implement these different strategies in developing countries where there are competing priorities for limited resources. The key strategy is to raise awareness among the public, health professionals, and policy makers of the importance of musculoskeletal health, of what can be achieved by prevention and treatment, and to ensure that policies reflect this. It is also necessary to educate the public to know when to seek care, and health-care workers to recognize the early signs of musculoskeletal conditions.
Keyword prevention
developing countries
health policy
Primary Prevention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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