Challenges do remain. Dr. Brooks says, “We haven’t solved all the issues of musculoskeletal disease, and I think it’s important that we ensure that the agenda goes on.”
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“There’s a need and a role for the Bone and Joint Decade to continue,” agrees Leong, “especially from a patient advocacy perspective. We need the help of ACR, of AAOS, the Arthritis Foundation, and all organizations who have stepped up to the plate within the decade to move this agenda forward within their respective organizations. This is not just a 10-year initiative—this is a way of thinking.”
- Lidgren, L. The Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010. Bull World Health Organ. 2003; 81:629.
- The Global Burden of Disease: A comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020. Available at: www.who.int/healthinfo/bod1990study/en/print.html. Accessed October 6, 2008.
- WHO World Report on Road Traffic Injuries, 2004. Available at: www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/main_messages_en.pdf. Accessed October 6, 2008.