Allied health integration: Collaborative care for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
Bywood, Petra Teresia
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Musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, are prevalent in the Australian population, and they impose a substantial burden on the health care system and the community, reflected by their status as a national health priority area. They are the main cause of impaired physical functioning globally. These conditions have high chronicity rates and often have a long term impact, leading to reduced mobility and dexterity, chronic pain, reduced capacity for employment, and negative impact on family and social life. Much of the care for these conditions is provided in primary health care (PHC) settings.