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2020 Jul 23

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol

Global health policy in the 21st century: Challenges and opportunities to arrest the global disability burden from musculoskeletal health conditions.


Briggs AM, Shiffman J, Shawar Y R, Åkesson K, Ali N, Woolf AD
Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2020 Jul 23:101549.
PMID: 32713802.


The profound burden of disease associated with musculoskeletal health conditions is well established. Despite the unequivocal disability burden and personal and societal consequences, relative to other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), system-level responses for musculoskeletal conditions that are commensurate with their burden have been lacking nationally and globally. Health policy priorities and responses in the 21st century have evolved significantly from the 20th century, with health systems now challenged by an increasing prevalence and impact of NCDs and an unprecedented rate of global population ageing. Further, health policy priorities are now strongly aligned to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. With this background, what are the challenges and opportunities available to influence global health policy to support high-value care for musculoskeletal health conditions and persistent pain? This paper explores these issues by considering the current global health policy landscape, the role of global health networks, and progress and opportunities since the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Decade for health policy to support improved musculoskeletal health and high-value musculoskeletal health care.