Experts gather to address healthcare costs in an aging population

Experts from industry and academia are gathering at Bath this month to address the rising costs of healthcare associated with an aging population.

The 8th Bath Biomechanics Symposium is a one-day meeting taking place on the 17 September, hosted by The Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University.

The event will explore the role of early intervention in long-term cost reduction, and delegates will have an opportunity to view the latest work being carried out at the Centre.

Professor Tony Miles, Professor of Biomechanics and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is hosting the event.

He said: “The British community is changing, with increasing lifespans, more active lifestyles, and higher expectations placing unsustainable demands on healthcare resources.

“Early diagnosis and intervention for musculo-skeletal disorders could facilitate significant savings in healthcare delivery in the long term. All too often, current treatments are for end-stage disease, which results in expensive surgery and often poor clinical outcomes.”

Treatments of early-stage disease include interventions such as re-alignment osteotomies, partial knee replacements, arthroscopic procedures, tissue engineering approaches, and recent advances in total joint replacements.

Research has shown that these can enhance quality of life, and slow down or even prevent disease progression.

Professor Miles said: “Early diagnosis is a necessary prerequisite to early intervention, and advances in modern imaging and patient functional assessment technologies can provide valuable guidance to appropriate treatment.”

The conference website has more information about the event, including a full programme and details of keynote speakers.

Papers are being invited from researchers and clinicians who have experience in any areas related to this symposium.

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