Musculoskeletal health inequalities and deprivation inquiry is launched

The first ever national inquiry into musculoskeletal (MSK) health inequalities has opened.


Carried out by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) it will explore and highlight the issues and make recommendations for improvement.

Health inequalities and deprivation

ARMA says: 'The prevalence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions are not experienced equally across the population. Musculoskeletal conditions are linked to deprivation, age, are more prevalent in women, and disproportionately affect some minority ethnic groups.

'Deprivation is a significant driver of inequalities in MSK health. People in deprived areas experience more chronic pain, are more likely to have a long term MSK condition and experience worse clinical outcomes and quality of life.

Aims of the inquiry

  • set out the evidence for inequalities in MSK health related to deprivation and explore the possible underlying reasons
  • propose actions which can be taken to address these, both in design and delivery of MSK services, and actions to address wider determinants of health and prevention
  • raise the profile of the issues and possible solutions

How the inquiry will work

ARMA wants to hear from researchers, clinicians, policy makers, people living with MSK conditions and anyone else who would like to contribute.

The CSP is also encouraging members to participate in the inquiry, which takes place between February and December when a report will be  published.

The first call for evidence is open until  3 April.

ARMA MSK health inequalities resource page




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