Care planning and musculoskeletal health

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Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK
Date of publication
24 September 2014
Health Services, Disabled people
Social welfare
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Many people live with the painful and fluctuating symptoms of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions for decades. Musculoskeletal health is also an important contributor to overall health and wellbeing, and symptoms including limited mobility and pain exacerbate the impact of other long-term conditions. Care planning can enable people to self-manage their condition, and to identify actions they can take to improve their own health. During care planning, people discuss their full range of needs with one or more health professionals and with their family and carers, and identify and set out goals. Despite the NHS commitment to offer everybody with a long-term condition a personalised care plan, this research found that just 12% of people with a musculoskeletal condition currently have one. There is an opportunity to ensure that many more people with a musculoskeletal condition are able to benefit from a care planning approach.