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Educational issues in rheumatology. The musculoskeletal examination: a neglected skill



Clin Rheumatol (2007) 26: 5–7 DOI 10.1007/s10067-006-0288-0 REVIEW ARTICLE Jan Dequeker . Greet Esselens . René Westhovens Received: 10 March 2006 / Accepted: 10 March 2006 / Published online: 12 April 2006 # Clinical Rheumatology 2006 Keywords Musculoskeletal Despite the high prevalence and the impact that they have on health-related quality of life, as well as their social and economic impact, musculoskeletal conditions are underrecognized, misunderstood, and/or poorly treated. Underand postgraduate education is still underdeveloped worldwide and does not get the attention it deserves. The article by Almoallim et al., in this issue of Clinical Rheumatology, illustrates that there is still a need for better education in rheumatology and highlights the importance of a screening locomotor evaluation in patients [1]. In 1997, the International League of Associations of Rheumatology (ILAR) launched the Undergraduate Medical Education in Rheumatology-2000 (UMER-2000) project in order to fill this gap. With the support of the WHO, regional leagues, American College of Rheumatology, and Bone and Joint Decade, a sensitization program in all parts of the world was started [2]. This project certainly has had a major impact, which needs, however, to be formally measured. The perfection of orthopedic procedures such as total hip



Clinical RheumatologySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 1, 2007

DOI: 10.1007/s10067-006-0288-0

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