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Musculoskeletal Health

Program directors: Prof. Allard van der Beek and Prof. Raymond Ostelo

Program secretary: Inge van der Leden


Mission

A recent WHO study on global burden of disease showed that musculoskeletal disorders rank highest in terms of the disability-adjusted-life-year (DALYs) in industrialized countries. To reduce this burden the Musculoskeletal Health program seeks knowledge about the development and lifelong maintenance of a healthy musculoskeletal system and about the occurrence, prognosis, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The research program contributes to evidence-based practice for musculoskeletal disorders and health in the setting of occupational health care, primary health care, and rehabilitation practice. Furthermore, the research program strongly contributes to the development of research methodology.

Specific research themes are:

  1. Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders. This theme includes observational research on the determinants and consequences of musculoskeletal disorders in the settings of public health, occupational health, primary and secondary health care, and rehabilitation practice.
  2. Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. The knowledge gained from the first theme is translated into programs for setting-specific prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and implementation and evaluation of these programs.
  3. Treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. An important topic within this theme is research on the (cost) effectiveness of treatments that improve societal participation of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Rationale and focus

Musculoskeletal disorders occur frequently and their incidence and prevalence are expected to increase rapidly as the population ages and people engage in unhealthy lifestyles. A recent WHO study on global burden of disease showed that musculoskeletal disorders rank highest in terms of the disability-adjusted-life-year (DALYs) in industrialized countries. The research program contributes to evidence-based practice on musculoskeletal disorders and health in the setting of occupational health, primary health care, and rehabilitation practice. Furthermore, the research program strongly contributes to the development of research methodology.

Future perspectives

The goals of the MSH program are to initiate, conduct and publish excellent research that contributes to evidence-based practice on musculoskeletal disorders and health in the settings of public health, occupational health, primary and secondary health care, and rehabilitation practice. The MSH program plays an active role in the broad implementation of research results. Therefore, we aim to:

             1. increase the number of MSH research projects / PhD students;
             2. increase collaboration of MSH with ‘basic’ scientists of MOVE;
             3. continue international collaboration;
             4. increase collaboration within MSH.


[last modified July 23, 2015]