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About PMM

  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters (PMM) is a free evidence based, online learning tool and information resource about paediatric musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine. 
  • Through a combination of clinical practice, extensive involvement in teaching and a number of research studies, it became evident that there was a need for a dedicated and accessible resource to enable a wide range of health professionals to learn more about paediatric MSK problems.
  • Musculoskeletal problems in children account for a high percentage of contacts with primary care, general paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
  • Around the world it is estimated that there are millions of children with MSK conditions - many are in parts of the world with little or no access to specialist care.
  • Many of the MSK conditions in children and young people are treatable and disability can be prevented or at least mitigated by early and accurate diagnosis and access to right care delivered by a trained workforce.
  • Unfortunately, the stark reality is that in many parts of the world there are few or no specialist teams available and medicines are not available or accessible due to cost or logistical issues.  The inequity is therefore is increasingly evident. 
  • PMM aims to raise awareness about MSK medicine amongst student health care professionals and clinicians who may not necessarily have had much training or experience in and paediatric MSK medicine. These clinicians however are integral to facilitate early diagnosis and instigate access to specialist opinion and management. 
  • PMM was initially developed by a team from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK led by Professor Helen Foster at Newcastle University, UK. The content for PMM evolved from research (publications listed below) to find out what health care professionals need to know.
  • The first iteration of PMM 2014 focused on doctors and medical students and PMM-Nursing was launched in 2017. Following feedback from our users around the world a further iteration of PMM was launched in 2018 with new content contributions from our many global partners to reflect the paediatric musculoskeletal medicine in different health care contexts.
  • In May 2022, the PMM Portfolio transferred from Newcastle University UK to PReSThis transfer brings long term sustainability for PMM to grow and gives opportunity to reach communities further to raise awareness and facilitate teaching and learning about MSK conditions in children and young people. 
  • There is a global PMM Editorial Board to ensure that PMM covers the breadth of MSK and remains useful and relevant to the wider community. PMM will remain free, open to all and the urls will not change.  
  • PMM remains closely aligned with the Paediatric Global MSK Task Force. PMM is undergoing a revision in 2022 so sections of PMM may be unavailable at times - please bear with us. 
  • Learning outcomes for PMM are listed within each module of PMM and are set at the level of graduating doctors and primary care doctors.The learning outcomes have been used to develop PMM content and  further detail included to make PMM relevant to all clinicians who work with children and young people.
  • We also engaged with our users to make the format and access to PMM easy and logical.
  • Guidance to help you to get the best out of PMM has been developed.  
  • We gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational bursary from Pfizer to undertake the work to design the PMM platform and engage with end users to develop the content. We also gratefully acknowledge additional unrestricted educational bursaries from Genzyme, BioMarin and Sobi to support the further development of PMM.  These funders had no input to the content of PMM.
  • Further information about the development of PMM is available. 
  • Further information about the evaluation of PMM is available. 

Key references that have informed the format content of PMM include;