Welcome to the musculoskeletal conditions profile. Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in England and account for one of the highest causes of sickness absence and productivity loss.

The aim of this tool is to provide meaningful data, on a single platform, to enable the commissioning of high value musculoskeletal services. Musculoskeletal data is essential for understanding the health needs of local populations, the amount of people accessing services, the cost of services and the outcomes services deliver.

Indicators should not generally be used in isolation, but are best looked at in combination to produce an overall picture of the local situation. By using these in conjunction with other locally available data, organisations can undertake a ‘deep dive’ into areas of interest. This more structured approach should be used to uncover the deeper reasons underlying variation, identify opportunities for improvement and support the necessary work to deliver high-value services for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

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