Every American knows how to maximize musculoskeletal health throughout his or her lifetime.
To raise the priority of musculoskeletal health through the collective action of all stakeholders.
- The USBJI believes that a broader and unified multidisciplinary voice will lead to more effective advocacy and increased public awareness of the need for improved musculoskeletal health.
- The USBJI will add depth and breadth to the understanding of bone and joint disorders through a broad membership, a sharing of diverse perspectives, and exchange of knowledge among diverse providers, researchers and individuals with musculoskeletal disorders.
- The USBJI believes in identifying, fulfilling and promoting collaborative partnership opportunities.
- The USBJI promotes funding of musculoskeletal research, recognizing that improved patient-centered outcomes are the essential measure of return on such investments.
- Racial and ethnic and other disparities are an integral consideration in all our programming activity.
- The USBJI believes that all the above should be driven by data based on the burden of disease and its impact.
Goal StatementThe USBJI’s goal is to advance care for and to reduce the burden of disease of individuals with all forms of musculoskeletal disorders, including but not limited to osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthropathies, systemic autoimmune rheumatic disorders, osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases, spinal conditions including low back and neck pain, bone and joint trauma and injuries including fractures, pediatric musculoskeletal conditions, including inherited disorders of bone, connective tissue and muscle, and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions including fibromyalgia. These disorders affect a person’s ability to function and perform his/her activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, thus diminishing independence, quality of life, and contributions to society. The medical care and societal effects (such as inability to work) lead to a profound economic burden on society. Musculoskeletal disorders frequently are complicated by other medical conditions (comorbidities such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes). The USBJI recognizes that musculoskeletal disorders have differing etiologies and may present differently in men and women, and that disparities in care exist among diverse populations, especially those defined by race/ethnicity. We believe that everyone should have access to high quality musculoskeletal care.
- Increase awareness of the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on Americans, regaining optimal function in their daily lives, and lowering societal and economic cost: The USBJI will provide authoritative information on the burden of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States including not only the prevalence of these diseases by age, gender, race/ethnicity and region, among other factors, but also the economic burden of these diseases on the American society.
- Increase awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal treatment and prevention strategies: The USBJI will promote health services research that assesses the value of musculoskeletal care, and stimulates its improvement.
- Increase funding for musculoskeletal research: The USBJI provides a means for the entire American community of musculoskeletal care providers and researchers to identify and communicate with potential sources of research funds. Our collaborative efforts present a stronger request for support than can be generated by individual member organizations.
- Increase musculoskeletal education for all students, trainees, and providers of healthcare: The need for musculoskeletal education is suggested by the proportion of the burden of disease that is related to MSK disorders. Efforts to address the inadequate attention to MSK education in most American medical schools began during the Bone & Joint Decade, with considerable progress. The USBJI believes that further improvement will enhance patients' access to quality musculoskeletal care. We thus propose additional strengthening of MSK educational efforts, in curricula for other relevant healthcare disciplines and also post-graduate medical education. Particular attention should be given to those who are preparing for careers as primary care providers (e.g. MDs and DOs preparing for Family Practice, General Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics as well as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.)