What is advocacy?
Advocacy is defined as any action that supports or argues for a cause, bringing increased awareness of an issue to the attention of others including the public, organizations, and law makers (local and national).
Why do we advocate for orthopaedic research?
ORS Members Visit Capitol Hill Musculoskeletal disorders and diseases are the leading cause of disability in the United States (US Bone & Joint Initiative), yet funding of orthopaedic research is at critical levels. The need for research to better understand the causes, diagnoses and treatments is needed now more than ever with our active and aging population. We also require a regulatory environment that allows for innovation and new and improved treatments for musculoskeletal disorders and disease. Lack of funding is a constant threat to individual researchers including new investigators just entering the pipeline as well as to new and established research programs. Research is where it begins. Without it, there would be no innovation, no improved care and treatments for patients or hope for patients that suffer from diseases that we could one day prevent.
How to Advocate?
Musculoskeletal disorders and diseases are the leading cause of disability in the United States and account for more that one-half of all chronic conditions in people over 50 years of age in developed countries. The economic impact of these conditions is also staggering: in 2004 the sum of the direct expenditures in health care costs and the indirect expenditures in lost wages has been estimated to be $849 billion dollars, or 7.7% of the national gross domestic product.
To view detailed information, or to order a hard copy version of the Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease please visit, http://www.boneandjointburden.org/