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About the Decade

The Bone and Joint Decade is an international collaborative movement sanctioned by the United Nations/World Health Organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions and to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of these conditions. Today 63 national governments and more than 750 patient advocacy and health professional organizations endorse this effort.
Officially proclaimed by the U.S. President, the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) 2002-2011 has been endorsed by all 50 States and more than one hundred national health care professional, patient and public organizations, all 125 U.S. medical schools and many colleges of medicine.
The goal of the United States Bone and Joint Decade is to improve bone and joint health by enhancing collaborative efforts among individuals and organizations in order to raise awareness of the growing burden of musculoskeletal disorders on society, to promote wellness and prevent musculoskeletal disease, and to advance research that will lead to improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.