New Executive Director
United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) would like to introduce you to our New Executive Director Stephanie Taylor.
Stephanie has significant nonprofit experience and was most recently at RSNA where
she oversaw the operations of three academic radiology organizations as well as serving as the Director of the RSNA R&E Foundation. Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
USBJI Releases 4th Edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States
The USBJI has released the 4th Edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS)
A credible independent source of data on the prevalence, societal and economic cost of these disorders, BMUS is an indispensable resource for the background and significance
sections of research study proposals, for drafting communications, for advocacy purposes.
Chapters cover the big picture, spine disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis and bone health, injuries, neuromuscular disease, tumors, economic cost, and
special population chapters on aging, children and adolescents, and ethnic and racial differences and disparities.What's New?
from multiple national data sources with trend lines
- More data on ethnic and racial differences and disparities in
each chapter as well as a chapter aggregating data from all chapters
- An Overview at the beginning to each chapter
- The inclusion of sections on Key Challenges for the Future and
of Unmet Needs with each chapter
- In a new Highlights section,
an interpretation of the data and what it means in lay-friendly terms, along with Fast
Facts, slide sets and videos. These may be freely downloaded and used, as may the Tables and Graphs throughout the publication.
- An Executive Summary outlining the impact of musculoskeletal
disorders on Americans
As Dr. Robert Carter, Acting Director of NIAMS/NIH says in his Foreword to the new edition “Since its establishment as the presidentially declared U.S. Bone and Joint Decade in 2002, the Initiative has been committed to preventing musculoskeletal
disorders and improving patients’ lives. These goals, which the NIAMS shares, are being advanced through activities such as the production of this resource to raise awareness of the challenges bone and joint conditions place on our Nation’s
As reported by users, of which there are now more than 200,000:
- provides a single source to access data about musculoskeletal
disorders, to support research, for collaborative advocacy and
- is used to describe impact, determine current practice,
characterize a population, justify sampling;
- tells the macro value story, the need for treatment, the
importance of expanding access to treatment, helps advocate for
support expanded access;
- provides accurate and concise information, especially important
- is used in developing Opinion Editorials, blogs, grassroots
advocacy, legislative briefings;
- clearly outlines the growing need for specialty care;
- is a foundational part of telling the value story for
musculoskeletal care and research.
As Dr. Ed Yelin, Co-Chair of the BMUS Steering Committee and Co- author of the Economic Cost chapter says in the Introduction “These data should stimulate increased investment in basic, translational, clinical and health policy research to delineate the underlying mechanisms of these diseases and their response to treatment. Through such research, novel preventive and therapeutic approaches with potential to mitigate the societal and personal impact of musculoskeletal disease will emerge.”
The USBJI recognizes the large team of contributors, authors, reviewers, the special team recording video summaries of chapters, the BMUS Steering Committee Members, and for the financial support provided by societies and companies to make this
publication possible. Producing a new edition of BMUS is a mammoth undertaking and could not be done without these generous contributions of time, expertise and resources. A very special debt is due to Dr. Sylvia Watkins-Castillo who has dedicated years
to so expertly producing all four editions of BMUS.www.boneandjointburden.org