ELIZABETH M. BADLEY, PhD,
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute,
399 Bathurst Street, MP10-316,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8, Canada
The idiom “elephant in the room” refers to something everyone knows is there, but no one talks about. The group of conditions known as rheumatic diseases, or musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, is indeed an elephant, given the magnitude of their impact on the population. These conditions also fit the description, as nobody, particularly influential people who “matter” — not politicians, policymakers, opinion leaders, or government in general — talks about them. But do they know that they are there?
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My Analysis: According to Dr. Badley, there have been more and more people being diagnosed with these diseases. Many of these people are disabled for life. Some are disabled in varying degrees. I enjoyed the article. It gives you something to think about…