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PARE0010 The Relationship between Musculoskeletal Diseases and Ageing
  1. P. Stannett,
  2. J. Cumming
  1. Information and Helplines, Arthritis Care, London, United Kingdom


Background Musculoskeletal conditions (MSKs) are one of the largest causes of physical disability in the UK and, while it affects people of all ages including children, it particularly affects older people. Although large numbers of people are affected by MSKs, there is little specific data which show how people are affected by age, type of MSK and what support they seek. We felt an analysis of these issues could be examined.

Objectives We analysed all contacts reporting to a national helpline during 2013 with the aim of exploring how people with MSKs are affected in different age groups, their additional health problems (AHPs) and the type of support requested.

Methods Every contact by telephone, email, letter or online forum received by the helpline was anonymised and logged onto a secure, confidential database, complying with the UK Data Protection Act. Where age was self-reported, it was analysed in conjunction with the type of arthritis and the support sought.

Results 86.8% of 6,141 had self-reported MSKs. Of all the callers with an MSK, there were 10.1% in the 26-44 age group, 40.2% in the 45-64 group, 14.5% in the 65-69 group, 9.9% in the 70-74 group, 8.5% in the 75-79 group, 6.8% in the 80-84 group, 4.6% in the 85-89 group, 1.8% in the 90-94 group and 0.3% in the 95-99 group.

1,089 (20.4%) of the callers with arthritis had AHPs. Of these, 0.6% were in the 18-25 age group, 7% in the 26-44 group, 39.4% in the 45-64 group, 13.6% in the 65-69 group, 12.2% in the 70-74 group, 9.0% in the 75-79 group, 8.1% in the 80-84 group, 6.9% in the 85-89 group, 2.0% in the 90-94 group and 0.2% in the 95-99 age group.

3,886 (44.4%) of all contacts wanted information were about pain: 0.5% were in the 18-25 age group, 4.6% in the 26-44 group, 17.3% in the 45-64 group, 6.4% in the 65-69 group, 4.4% in the 70-74% group, 3.9% in the 75-79 group, 3.3% in the 80-84 group, 2.2% in the 85-89 group, 1% in the 90-94 group and 0.1% in the 95-99 age group. Next, 2,469 (28.2%) requested information about types of arthritis: 0.4% in the 18-25 group, 2.8% in the 26-44 group, 11.2% in the 45-64 group and 4.3% in the 65-69 group, 2.5% in the 70-74 group, 2.3% in the 75-79 group, 2.1% in the 80-84 group, 1.2% in the 85-90 group, 0.5% in the 90-94 group, and 0.1% in the 95-99 age group. Thirdly, 2,113 (24.2%) requested emotional support: 3.6% in the 26-44 group, 10.4% in the 45-64 group, 2.6% in the 65-69 group, 2.0% in the 70-74 group, 1.7% in the 75-79 group, 1.4% in the 80-84 group, 0.9% in the 85-89 group, 0.3% in the 90-94 group and 0.1% in the 95-99 age group.

Conclusions 1. The incidence of co-morbidities increases with age from the 26-44 group to the 45-64 age group and declines thereafter.

2. As people with MSKs get older their need for print information on pain declines.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.4308

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