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

Andrew M. Briggs, Jeremy Shiffman, Yusra Ribhi Shawar, Kristina Åkesson, Nuzhat Ali, Anthony D. Woolf

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101549
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Global health
  • Health system
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Network
  • Non-communicable disease
  • Pain
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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