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Burden of Disease and Years Lived with Disability Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain

  • M. Suka
  • K. Yoshida
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Abstract:

 Musculoskeletal pain (MP) is recognized as a problem of global proportions. MP is rarely associated with fatal conditions, however, it causes deterioration in health-related quality of life (QOL). Estimation of the years lived with disabilities (YLDs) due to MP in a population will inform us how much MP deprives the population of health-related QOL. In this chapter, we conduct a review of the literature of population surveys of the prevalence of MP, estimate the YLDs due to MP in the Japanese adult population, and discuss the methodology for the estimation of the burden of MP in the general adult population. Our estimation method, based on the Global Burden of Disease protocol, may be applicable to other populations and may provide a feasible way to make relative comparisons of the burden of MP in different populations. Toward better estimation of the burden of MP in the general adult population, further studies may be required to develop a standard case-finding instrument for MP, to formulate discriminating definitions of acute and chronic MP, to determine the  disability weights for MP in the context of  clustering of MP and pain site, and to update the Global Burden of Disease protocol in an attempt to adequately deal with  comorbidity in the calculation of DALYs.

Keywords

Musculoskeletal Pain Musculoskeletal Disorder Global Burden Health Examination Pain Site 
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List of Abbreviations:

DALY

disability adjusted life year

MP

musculoskeletal pain

QOL

quality of life

YLD

year lived with disability

YLL

year of life lost

Notes

Acknowledgments

A series of studies based on the questionnaire survey on MP were supported by the 2003–2004 Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant (Research on Prevention and Treatment for Immune Allergic Diseases) from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. We would like to thank all the staff of Niigata Healthcare Association, Tsukuba Multiphasic Health Examination Center, and Seirei Health Examination Center for their help on the questionnaire survey.

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