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Public health awareness 

Public health awareness
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Public health awareness
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10.1093/med/9780198831426.003.0024
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date: 05 May 2021

This chapter includes a brief overview of musculoskeletal conditions which are described in health terms as non-communicable diseases. Health systems internationally share common goals of improving the health and well-being of their populations and the management of non-communicable diseases is key in every country. This chapter describes how across the world governments share significant challenges for the future, with the growing elderly and chronic disease populations and increasing healthcare costs. Agreed international goals have been set by the World Health Organization and some of the key targets are outlined. The consequences of either trauma or disease can result in a musculoskeletal condition that may impact the individual’s quality of life, health, and functional ability. The role of the nurse and how individual nurses in all care sectors should consider public health factors when caring for patients are discussed.

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