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Musculoskeletal

Preventing pain and disability

Africa, Asia, UK

PROBLEM

Almost everyone, worldwide, will be affected at some point during their life by a problem involving their joints, bones and muscles. Disability is a major complication, with 4-5% of the world's population disabled by musculoskeletal problems. Conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, osteoporosis and other bone, joint and soft-tissue problems.

GOALS
  • Improve prevention, detection and treatment of musculoskeletal problems.
  • Reduce the impact of symptoms and disability on individuals and communities.
  • Ensure health workers respond appropriately to patients with musculoskeletal problems.
  • Help patients to understand their condition and how to rehabilitate.

Osteoarthritis is a common musculoskeletal problem.

SOLUTIONS
  • To work with international experts to develop the highest quality of multimedia training programs that are appropriate for the various levels of health workers and where they work.
  • Users will see multiple videos of actual cases so they have the chance to gain experience that may other wise take many years to gain
  • To teach the clinical skills needed to diagnose musculoskeletal problems and provide treatment that is proven to be of benefit.
  • To collect clinical cases from Africa, South East Asia and the UK to ensure relevant context specific training programs are available.
  • Engage with health workers who will use the training produced to ensure programs developed meet their needs.
  • To conduct research to provide essential evidence of the impact of training programs on clinical skill and management decisions of users and patients’ understanding of their musculoskeletal problem.
TARGETS
  • Develop a video intense multimedia training resource for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for Africa, Asia and Europe/North America/Australasia, covering prevention, detection and treatment of musculoskeletal problems.
  • Produce pragmatic resources for community health workers globally who see patients in the remotest of settings in resource poor countries.
  • Provide patient education videos for patients, families and the wider public, to improve awareness and to help rehabilitation following musculoskeletal problems.
  • To conduct research to supply essential evidence of impact of training on the use of the programs and to inform subsequent versions.
  • Where possible to investigate the impact of training programs developed on patient outcome.


Preventing pain and disability from bone, joint and muscle disease.


Where
Africa, Asia, UK
Topic
Musculoskeletal medicine
Benefits
Reduce symptoms and disability due to musculoskeletal conditions and the impact on individuals and communities.
Dates
April 2019 - March 2022

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