Musculoskeletal Rapid Access Clinics

Improving care for people with musculoskeletal conditions

One in three adults live with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions – health conditions that affect muscles, bones or joints, and cause pain and mobility issues.

Patients can often wait months for an MRI or an appointment to see a surgical specialist, even when these may not be the best options for them.

Evidence also shows that prolonged wait times for musculoskeletal treatment is a major contributor to opioid use disorder.

To help people with musculoskeletal conditions, including hip, knee and low-back pain access the right treatment faster, Rapid Access Clinics are expanding across the province.

Learn more at Health Quality Ontario


How ARTIC is supporting musculoskeletal care in Ontario

ARTIC is working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to support the implementation of the Rapid Access Clinic initiative for musculoskeletal conditions across Ontario.

ARTIC is working with clinical leads across the province, regional Project Implementation Teams, and Local Health Integration Networks to support this initiative using the proven ARTIC model.

Grounded in implementation science, ARTIC breaks down the barriers that commonly prevent uptake using a model that is based on five enablers: strategic selection of interventions that have the potential for high impact; education and training; guidance and facilitating; executive championship and a clear governance structure; and evaluation.

Learn more about other ARTIC-supported initiatives here.