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released: 12 Jul 2017 author: AIHW

This report presents findings from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 on the burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia. Musculoskeletal conditions were the fourth leading contributor to total burden of disease in Australia, with back pain and problems, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the greatest contributors to the musculoskeletal burden. The burden due to musculoskeletal conditions generally decreased over time, varied by condition severity and by population group, and some of the burden was attributed to modifiable risk factors such as overweight and obesity.

ISSN 2204-4108 (PDF) 2006-4508 (Print); ISBN 978-1-76054-150-7; Cat. no. BOD 14; 28pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • The burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia: A detailed analysis of the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
    • Introduction
      • Overview of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia
      • What is burden of disease?
        • About the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
    • Burden of musculoskeletal conditions
      • Total burden
      • Fatal burden (YLL)
      • Non-fatal burden (YLD)
        • Variation in non-fatal burden by severity of musculoskeletal conditions
      • Changes in burden from 2003 to 2011
      • Variation across geographic and population groups
        • State and territory
        • Remoteness area
        • Socioeconomic group
        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status
      • Proportion of burden attributable to modifiable risk factors
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. The burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no 13. Cat. no. BOD 14. Canberra: AIHW.

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