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Overall, the aims of the EUMUSC.Net project is to establish a standard of information that is accessible to patients, healthcare professionals and policy informers alike and which addresses:

  • The impact that Musculoskeletal conditions (MSC¬ís) have on individuals and society
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  • Health Care Quality Indicators to show whether these standards are being achieved
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  • Recommendations to improve the delivery of standards of care across the EU member states


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September 26th the Hilton Hotel in The Hague will host a meeting of the steering group of the European Musculoskeletal Surveillance and Information Network -, a initiative supported by the European Community and by the European League Against Rheumatism to promote a comprehensive strategy to minimise the impact of musculoskeletal conditions across Europe.Leader of the project, Prof Anthony D Woolf, will present a unique report on the health, social, employment and economic impact of musculoskeletal conditions across all Europe.

Despite the significant impact of musculoskeletal conditions on the health and well being of populations and individuals across the EU there is a lack of awareness regarding these conditions. Together with a lack of routinely collected indicators that are specifically relevant to musculoskeletal conditions this means that musculoskeletal conditions do not receive the attention commensurate with their impact.  After 15 months of work the project now presents a unique report that aims to provide an up to date picture of the health, social, employment and economic impacts of musculoskeletal conditions across EU Member States. In doing so it draws on many sources of data and information including health and labour force surveys, national statistics, reports and peer reviewed literature.

The case for raising awareness of musculoskeletal conditions will be helped by improving the completeness of data collection and comparability of measures in each of the EU Member States. Understanding the impact of these common, disabling but usually non-fatal conditions will provide the evidence to support the development of strategies and policies for their effective prevention and management improving the live of many people and minimizing the impact of musculoskeletal conditions across Europe.

Note for editors, not for publication:

Prof Anthony D Woolf and other members of the Steering Group will be available for interviews.

September 26th

Start: 13.15 hours

Hilton Hotel

Zeestraat 35, 

2518 AA The Hague




On the third day of Eular 2012 Professor Anthony Woolf gave a press conference in the Press Center at the Berlin Messe. You can download his presentation of that day here or read more about his message right here

In september members of the steering group held a pressconference in The Hague. Here you can download the pressinformation of that event.

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Babette Anhalt

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