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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Oct;466(10):2306-16. doi: 10.1007/s11999-008-0416-z. Epub 2008 Aug 5.

The global burden of musculoskeletal injuries: challenges and solutions.

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Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211, Geneva 27, Switzerland. mockc@who.int

Abstract

Musculoskeletal injuries are a major public health problem globally, contributing a large burden of disability and suffering. This burden could be considerably lowered by implementation of affordable and sustainable strategies to strengthen orthopaedic trauma care, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This article summarizes the global burden of musculoskeletal injuries and provides several examples of successful programs that have improved care of injuries in health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. Finally, it discusses WHO efforts to build on the country experiences and to make progress in lowering the burden of musculoskeletal injuries globally.

PMID:
18679760
PMCID:
PMC2584305
DOI:
10.1007/s11999-008-0416-z
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