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Type: Journal article
Title: Associations between socioeconomic status and primary total knee joint replacements performed for osteoarthritis across Australia 2003-10: data from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry
Author: Brennan, S.
Lane, S.
Lorimer, M.
Buchbinder, R.
Wluka, A.
Page, R.
Osborne, R.
Pasco, J.
Sanders, K.
Cashman, K.
Ebeling, P.
Graves, S.
Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2014; 15(1):1-9
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1471-2474
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Sharon L Brennan, Stephen E Lane, Michelle Lorimer, Rachelle Buchbinder, Anita E Wluka, Richard S Page, Richard H Osborne, Julie A Pasco, Kerrie M Sanders, Kara Cashman, Peter R Ebeling and Stephen E Graves
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Relatively little is known about the social distribution of total knee joint replacement (TKR) uptake in Australia. We examine associations between socioeconomic status (SES) and TKR performed for diagnosed osteoarthritis 2003-10 for all Australian males and females aged ≥ 30 yr. METHODS: Data of primary TKR (n=213,018, 57.4% female) were ascertained from a comprehensive national joint replacement registry. Residential addresses were matched to Australian Census data to identify area-level social disadvantage, and categorised into deciles. Estimated TKR rates were calculated. Poisson regression was used to model the relative risk (RR) of age-adjusted TKR per 1,000py, stratified by sex and SES. RESULTS: A negative relationship was observed between TKR rates and SES deciles. Females had a greater rate of TKR than males. Surgery utilisation was greatest for all adults aged 70-79 yr. In that age group differences in estimated TKR per 1,000py between deciles were greater for 2010 than 2003 (females: 2010 RR 4.32 and 2003 RR 3.67; males: 2010 RR 2.04 and 2003 RR 1.78). CONCLUSIONS: Identifying factors associated with TKR utilisation and SES may enhance resource planning and promote surgery utilisation for end-stage osteoarthritis.
Keywords: Arthroplasty; socioeconomic status; knee joint
Rights: © 2014 Brennan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-356
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