EULAR Brussels Conference 2013
"European musculoskeletal conditions surveillance and information network (eumusc.net) – project and conference"
Brussels, 17 October 2013
Musculoskeletal conditions have a great impact across EU Member States. To a large extent they can be effectively diagnosed, prevented and treated. Nonetheless, this is not happening with equity across Europe. Lack of awareness, information, knowledge and adequate prioritisation seem to explain inequities in the prevention and management of RMDs.
The eumusc.net project (2010 - 2013) has been developed to address this issue. A successful bid was made to the European Union Health Programme and was supported by the European Commission, EULAR and professional scientific and patient organisations in 22 centres across Europe. The project aimed to raise and harmonise quality of care and enable equity of care of RMDs across EU Member States. To this end, eumusc.net developed standards of care of main RMDs as well as methods and tools that will allow Member States to measure the burden of RMDs in their own country as well as the quality of care that people with RMDs receive.
In October 2013, EULAR organised the Conference “Chronic diseases and health care delivery 2020: The challenge of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Findings, lessons and perspectives from the eumusc.net project.” The event, part of which was held in the European Parliament and was hosted by MEP Paul Rübig (Austria), aimed to present the results of the project and discuss with policy makers and stakeholders on a number of recommendations developed by this initiative.