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The Bone and Joint Decade encompasses musculo-skeletal disorders such as, joint diseases, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, spinal disorders, severe trauma to the extremities, crippling diseases and deformities in children.
The goal for the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Decade was to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculo-skeletal disorders throughout the world.
They will do this through the following aims:
* To reduce the social and financial cost of musculo-skeletal disorders to society
* To improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for all patients
* To advance research on prevention and treatment
* To empower patients to make decisions about their care
The Bone and Joint Decade is a global alliance promoting musculoskeletal health. It brings together professional, scientific and patient organisations from all countries relevant to all conditions that affect musculoskeletal health. The initiative was instigated by a group of healthcare professionals who felt that the significant impact from bone and joint disorders on society, the healthcare system and the individual, needed to be addressed on a international level, with particular focus on the use of resources. An inaugural consensus meeting was held in Sweden in April 1998, which culminated in a proposal for the Decade of the Bone and Joint from 2000 to 2010 as well as the formation of the International Steering Group, consensus document and a plan of continued work. National Action Networks have been established in 52 countries.
The Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) entered the second decade (2010-2020) recognising that further efforts are needed to gain priority at the policy level and actions that adequately reflect the enormous and growing challenge that musculoskeletal conditions pose to public health and health and social care budgets as well as workers’ compensation and pensions.
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