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Monday, 14 December 2015

Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletin 10


The latest edition of Musculoskeletal Matters has been published. Led by Paul Campbell, this edition summarises a study that used information on the primary care consultations of over 27,000 patients to assess the extent of shared risk factors for musculoskeletal conditions in couples.

The study showed that those whose partner consults for a musculoskeletal condition are more likely to consult for a musculoskeletal problem themselves. A patient was also more likely to consult for a musculoskeletal condition if their partner was a frequent consulter or had consulted for a mood or anxiety problem. 

The findings highlight the influence of shared risk on consultations for musculoskeletal conditions in primary care, and the potential benefit of further research on managing musculoskeletal problems at a couple or family level.

The bulletins are produced by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, and designed to provide information for general practitioners, the primary care team, teachers, trainers and policy makers about musculoskeletal problems in practice.


Campbell P, Shraim M, Jordan K, Dunn K (2015). In sickness and in health: a cross-sectional analysis of concordance for musculoskeletal consultations in 13,507 couples. (early view: European Journal of Pain doi:10.1002/ejp.744)