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Call for papers - Disparities in musculoskeletal care

Guest Editors

Neil Kamdar, MA, University of Michigan, USA
Rodrigo Rizzo, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 6 January 2025

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders is calling for submissions to our Collection on Disparities in musculoskeletal care. Musculoskeletal disorders are a pervasive global health concern that significantly impacts the quality of life for millions of individuals. While the burden of these conditions is substantial, there is a striking imbalance in the access to and quality of musculoskeletal care. Addressing these disparities is imperative, not only from a healthcare equity perspective but also in the context of achieving multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good health and well-beingSDG 5: Gender equality, and SDG 10: Reduced inequalities.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Neil Kamdar, MA, University of Michigan, USA

Neil Kamdar, MA, is the lead and managing methodologist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Data and Methods Hub.  He is also a consulting methodologist at Stanford University’s Center for Population Health Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Mr Kamdar has served as a co-investigator on several large federal and foundation grants and contracts, including the Department of Defense (DOD), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the FDA, and the CDC.  While he is an applied mathematician by training, his interests have been at the intersection of understanding the clinical mechanisms of disease, policy implications, and the application of appropriate methodology to attend to these diverse lines of inquiry. His focus has been primarily within three specific domains of research: women’s health, disabilities, and surgical outcomes. He has conducted work on large observational and administrative datasets, namely within OptumInsight, Medicare, Marketscan, Medicaid, the American Family Cohort, institutional electronic medical records, and large abstracted clinical registries in roles as a lead of analytic teams and via hands-on analysis. Mr Kamdar lectures courses in population health analytics and epidemiology. He has contributed to more than 100 co-authored peer reviewed publications and has spearheaded a team-based academic partnership model at the University of Michigan that has encouraged stronger ties between researchers and data scientists for grant development and scholarship.

Rodrigo Rizzo, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Rodrigo Rizzo is a Medical Research Future Funding (MRFF) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the School of Health Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr Rizzo has conducted randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and process evaluations of interventions in pain, digital health, and evidence-based practices. Dr Rizzo's innovative research has been applied in several allied health teams to manage chronic pain and informed the development and implementation of a prescribable digital health intervention in primary care funded by the MRFF 2021 Primary Health Care Digital Innovations.

About the Collection

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders is calling for submissions to our collection on Disparities in musculoskeletal care.

Musculoskeletal conditions continue to remain one of the key contributors to multimorbidity and are predicted to increase in both prevalence and impact. The healthcare system continues to present barriers to accessible, affordable, and quality musculoskeletal care for multiple subgroups. These disparities include cultural, educational, socioeconomic and demographic factors, and these gaps in access to care could result in avoidable complications and/or deaths, delays in diagnosis, and increased surgery times.

Though innovative practices have been proposed and implemented to address these disparities to transform the access and delivery of care--including digital health solutions and telemedicine, healthcare policy changes, and looking from patient perspectives--multiple groups still continue to face these barriers.

The aim of this Collection is to explore the inequities and discrepancies in the access, quality, and outcomes of musculoskeletal healthcare services; raise awareness; and promote evidence-based solutions to reduce disparities in musculoskeletal care.

This collection welcomes submissions on topics including but not limited to:

  • Disparities in musculoskeletal care across different demographic groups and how it has evolved over the recent years
  • Current barriers to accessible musculoskeletal health care and its implications for public health
  • Patient outcomes, experiences, and perspectives
  • Patient-centered care and shared decision-making 
  • Healthcare policies and efforts in addressing disparities in musculoskeletal care
  • Advancements in technologies and telemedicine in bridging gaps in musculoskeletal care access and quality

This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 5: Gender equality, and SDG 10: Reduced inequalities.

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection; please select "Disparities in musculoskeletal care" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.