Journal article

Geographic region, socioeconomic position and the utilisation of primary total joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis across western Victoria: a cross-sectional multilevel study of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry

Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Sara Vogrin, Kara L Holloway, Richard S Page, Muhammad A Sajjad, Mark A Kotowicz, Patricia M Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkennes, Trish L Dunning, Susan Brumby, Daryl Pedler, Alasdair Sutherland, Svetha Venkatesh, Lana J Williams, Gustavo Duque, Julie A Pasco



Compared to urban residents, those in rural/regional areas often experience inequitable healthcare from specialist service providers. Independent of small between-area differences in utilisation, socially advantaged groups had the greatest uptake of joint replacement. These data suggest low correlation between 'need' vs. 'uptake' of surgery in rural/regional areas. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Compared to urban residents, those in rural and regional areas often experience inequitable healthcare from specialist service providers, often due to geographical issues. We investigated associations between socioeconomic position (SEP), region of residence and utilisation of primary total knee replacement..

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Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study is funded by the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership for research collaboration between Deakin University, Federation University and 13 health service providers operating across western Victoria. SLB-O and LJW are each supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1107510 and 1064272, respectively). KLH is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University. MAS is supported by a Deakin University stipend via the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre.