Public health

1 in 20 deaths down to MSK conditions

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016


A new report shows one in 20 deaths in 2013 were directly caused by, or contributed to, by musculoskeletal conditions.

And 2 in 3 deaths were among females revealed the report published by the AIHW.

The musculoskeletal condition making the greatest contribution to mortality was osteoporosis with 1,856 deaths (167 as an underlying cause and 1,689 as an associated cause), followed by osteoarthritis with 1,696 deaths (138 as an underlying cause and 1,558 as an associated cause) and rheumatoid arthritis with 917 deaths (194 as an underlying cause and 723 as an associated cause).

The most common musculoskeletal condition listed as an underlying cause of death was lupus and other connective tissue disorders (245 deaths).

You can check out the full report here.

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