EUGLOREH project
THE STATUS OF HEALTH IN THE EUROPEAN UNION:
TOWARDS A HEALTHIER EUROPE

FULL REPORT

PART II - HEALTH CONDITIONS

5. HEALTH IMPACTS OF NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND RELATED TIME-TRENDS

5.6. Musculoskeletal conditions and problems

5.6.2. Data sources

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5.6.2. Data sources

 

The epidemiological databases have been recently reviewed for the following reports:

 

·          WHO Global Burden of Disease 2000 revision

·          The Burden Of Musculoskeletal Conditions At The Start Of The New Millennium. 2003 WHO Technical Report Series 919 (WHO TRS 919)

·          Indicators for Monitoring Musculoskeletal Conditions. Musculoskeletal Conditions and Functional Limitation: the great public health challenge. University of Oslo and Bone and Joint Decade, 2003 (European Commission (2003): Indicators for Monitoring Musculoskeletal Problems and Conditions)

·          European Action Towards Better Musculoskeletal Health: A guide to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions for the healthcare practitioner and policy maker. Bone and Joint Decade, Lund 2005 (European Commission (2004): European Action Towards Better Musculoskeletal Health)

·          Woolf AD, Pfleger B Burden of Osteoporosis and Fractures in Developing Countries, Current Osteoporosis Reports 2005; 3: 84-91 (Woolf and Pfleger, 2005)

 

The content of this chapter uses material and data from these reports and acknowledges the contribution of those who prepared those reports. This material has also contributed to the DG SANCO Report on Major and Chronic Diseases.  These data have been supplemented by a further search of the literature for epidemiological data on the relevant conditions and a search of European and national datasets. It should be pointed out that comparison of data obtained in different times is often very difficult.