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released: 14 Jul 2016 author: AIHW

Musculoskeletal conditions are responsible for a substantial proportion of the non-fatal burden of disease in Australia. This bulletin describes the contribution of musculoskeletal conditions to mortality. Although musculoskeletal conditions were not among the leading underlying causes of death, this bulletin shows that these conditions were likely to have contributed to about 1 in 20 deaths in Australia in 2013.

ISBN 978-1-74249-953-6; Cat. no. AUS 203; 20pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Contents
  • Introduction
    • Musculoskeletal conditions and mortality
      • Back problems
      • Gout and other inflammatory arthropathies
      • Lupus and other systemic connective tissue disorders
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Osteoporosis
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Results
    • Overall contribution of musculoskeletal conditions to mortality
    • Musculoskeletal conditions as underlying causes of death
      • Deaths by age and sex
      • Change over time
    • Musculoskeletal conditions as associated causes of death
      • Deaths by age and sex
      • Change over time
      • Leading causes of death where musculoskeletal conditions were an associated cause
  • Conclusion
    • Limitations and next steps
  • Appendix A
    • AIHW National Mortality Database
    • Disease classifications
      • Musculoskeletal conditions
      • Leading causes of death
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Musculoskeletal conditions as underlying and associated causes of death 2013. AIHW bulletin no. 136. Cat. no. AUS 203. Canberra: AIHW.

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