Sharp rise in global burden of musculoskeletal diseases


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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A new analysis has identified a sharp increase in the global burden of musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases, with the burden significantly higher in Europe than all other continents. 

Researchers analysed data for 183 countries from the World Health Organization Global Health Estimates Database from 2000 to 2015 to calculate disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) caused by MSK conditions. 

The researchers found the total number of MSK DALYs increased significantly from 80.2 million in 2000 to 107.8 million in 2015 (P<.001 the median proportion of dalys attributed to msk diseases was per cent in europe versus america asia oceania and africa.>

A significant correlation was identified between the proportion of MSK DALYs and the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for the year 2015. Years of life lost increased significantly during the study period from 2.8 to 4.1 million. The data also showed MSK conditions are the second most common cause of years lived with disability globally. 

The data are published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.