Experts from the worlds of health, employment and research to oversee
25-country study on the socio-economic impact of musculoskeletal disorders
Brussels, 16 March 2009 – An Advisory Board of five leading experts has been announced to oversee The Work Foundation led 25-country “Fit for Work” study into the prevalence and impact on health and work of musculoskeletal disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lower back pain and injuries to joints, muscles and tendons. They are:
– Professor Paul Emery, Professor of Rheumatology and Head of the Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds UK and President-elect of EULAR
– Mario Giaccone, Italian correspondent for the EWCO at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
– Tom Ling, Director of Evaluation and Audit, RAND Europe
– Dr Tuulikki Sokka, leading Rheumatologist at the Jyväskylä Central Hospital, Finland
– Maarten de Wit, a Dutch national and Vice President of EULAR/PARE representing People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe
The “Fit for Work” study launched in January and led by The Work Foundation, a UK-based not-for-profit research and consultancy organisation, will collect data from 25 countries with the support of national partners in each market. Key findings will be reported to employment and health policy-makers at a presentation in Brussels in September 2009.
“Fit for Work” seeks to understand how certain chronic health conditions affect people’s ability to work and make contributions to society. It will examine how these conditions affect a person’s daily life and what cost they place upon societies as a whole.
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