Walsh NE, Brooks P, Hazes JM, Walsh RM, Dreinhöfer K, Woolf AD, Åkesson K, Lidgren L, for the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force for Standards of Care for Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Standards of care for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain: the Bone and Joint Decade (2000-2010). Musculoskeletal conditions often manifest with the onset of pain and the resulting physical limitations. Musculoskeletal pain is almost inevitable in an individual's lifetime. It is one of the most common reasons for self-medication and entry into the health care system. Musculoskeletal pain affects 1 in 4 adults and is the most common source of serious long-term pain and physical disability. The monumental impact of musculoskeletal conditions is now recognized by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, World Bank, and numerous governments throughout the world through support of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 initiative. Individuals with musculoskeletal pain concerns are regularly ignored, their complaints often misunderstood by health care providers, and accordingly they do not receive timely or effective treatment. The standards of care in this document are designed to provide generic guidelines for appropriate care of people with acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain. This document was developed over a 4-year period using multiple international meetings and a Task Force of the Bone and Joint Decade for developing international standards for the care of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. The final document is a product of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care in Musculoskeletal Disorders.
- Musculoskeletal system
- Treatment outcome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation