November 1999 AAOS Report

34 groups discuss musculoskeletal impact on society

More than 36 million Americans suffer from musculoskeletal conditions, costing the economy $215 million a year in health care and lost productivity, said Dorothy Rice, professor, Institute of Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco at an AAOS-sponsored meeting October 5. Rice was keynote speaker at a conference on "Measuring Burden of Disease, Musculoskeletal Conditions and Injuries: Current Status and Future Goals" in Rosemont, Ill. Representatives of 34 medical organizations, specialty societies and federal agencies discussed various measures of burden of disease for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries and the Bone and Joint Monitor Project, an international effort to measure the burden musculoskeletal disease.

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