The Musculoskeletal Surveillance and Information network (EUMUSC.NET) is a project supported by the European Commission, EULAR and 23 centres across Europe. It intends to raise and harmonise quality of care and enable equity of care of rheumatic diseases and other musculoskeletal conditions across the EU Member States by developing and operationalising a European Musculoskeletal Conditions Surveillance and Information Network.
EUMUSC.NET will thus identify the burden on individuals and society of these conditions across EU Member States; set standards of care both for individuals and for healthcare providers for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; assess whether these are being achieved; and help to enhance facilitators and overcome the barriers to achieving these standards to enable the effective and equitable prevention and management of these condition in the Member States. This will lead to improved musculoskeletal health.
One consequence of observed differences in outcomes of rheumatic diseases is to raise awareness of the public and of health professionals about the scale and impact of musculoskeletal conditions and of options for prevention and treatment.
Patient and health professionals with their national organizations will be able to use data when acting as stakeholders. The EUMUSC.NET website serves now as a platform which provides facts and numbers on the settings of musculoskeletal diseases in the European countries.
Within the EUMUSC.NET project ongoing work examines which facilitators help to make standards of care happen in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In this work an online questionnaire widely queries a list of possible facilitators. Throughout Europe, patients, health care professionals and also health care policy makers are asked about their experience on implementation of standards of care.
Hopefully, health care policy makers and administrators through this questionnaire are involved and reflect on how well existing standards of care are presently met in existing health care settings. When the responses from the questionnaires are evaluated we will be able to understand more why inequity exists within the field of rheumatology in the European countries. This will provide new information to be used as support for national political campaigning.
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