Journal article

Comparison of Health-Related Quality of Life, Work Status, and Health Care Utilization and Costs According to Hip and Knee Joint Disease Severity: A National Australian Study

Liana N Ackerman, Zanfina Ademi, Richard H Osborne, Danny Liew

PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHABILITATION JOURNAL | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: No population-based studies have investigated how the impact of hip and knee joint disease may vary with increasing severity. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL), work status, and health service utilization and costs according to severity of hip and knee joint disease. DESIGN: A national cross-sectional survey was conducted. METHODS: Five thousand individuals were randomly selected from the Australian electoral roll and invited to complete a questionnaire to screen for doctor-diagnosed hip arthritis, hip osteoarthritis (OA), knee arthritis, and knee OA. Severity was classified by means of Western Ontario and McMaster Univers..

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Grants

Awarded by United Pacific Industries Thermoskin Research Grant


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australia) Training Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported, in part, by a Physiotherapy Research Foundation and United Pacific Industries Thermoskin Research Grant (T09-THE003). Dr Ackerman was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australia) Training Fellowship (520004).