Do education and poverty affect knee surgery success?

knee
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

In an Arthritis Care & Research study of individuals who underwent total knee replacement, those who did not attend college had worse pain and function after two years if they lived in poor communities, but educational level was not linked with pain or function in wealthy communities.

How education might protect those in impoverished communities warrants further study.

"This study illustrates the complex ways that social factors interact, and the importance of analyzing contextual factors," said lead author Dr. Susan Goodman, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.


Explore further

Study finds racial disparities in hip replacement outcomes in impoverished communities

More information: Susan M Goodman et al, Education mitigates the effect of poverty on total knee arthroplasty outcomes, Arthritis Care & Research (2017). DOI: 10.1002/acr.23442
Provided by Wiley
Citation: Do education and poverty affect knee surgery success? (2017, November 22) retrieved 17 January 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-11-poverty-affect-knee-surgery-success.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more