Patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty and have an annual income of $25,000 or greater have better satisfaction levels and function with their knees after surgery than patients below that income level, according to a study published in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.
“It is certainly possible, based on our results, that socioeconomic factors, particularly household income, may be strongly associated with satisfaction and functional results,” Robert L. Barrack, MD, from Washington University School of Medicine, stated in a press release. “Future studies should be directed to determining the causes of this association, and if further studies do, in fact, confirm this hypothesis, then studies of clinical results after total knee arthroplasty should consider stratifying patients by socioeconomic status.”Full Story »
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