Global Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Manjul Joshipura
  • Charles Mock
  • Richard A. GosselinEmail author


Injury is a major cause of death and disability globally. This is true in countries at all economic levels. There is a misperception that injuries are primarily a health problem of high-income countries. However, injury mortality rates are considerably higher in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as can be seen from Table 2.1 [1]. Globally the rates of death from all types of injury combined are 76/100,000/year. This is lowest in high-income countries (52/100,000), rises in middle-income countries, and is highest in low-income countries (103 deaths/100,000), where rates of death are twice those in high-income countries.



One of the authors is a staff member of the World Health Organization. He and the other authors are responsible for the views expressed in this publication, and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or the stated policy of the World Health Organization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manjul Joshipura
    • 1
  • Charles Mock
    • 2
  • Richard A. Gosselin
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Academy of Traumatology (India)AhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryHarborview Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  3. 3.San Francisco General Hospital, Institute for Global Orthopedics and TraumatologySan FranciscoUSA

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