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Disability in adults with hip and knee arthroplasty: a French national community based survey.

Abstract : OBJECTIVES: To compare levels of disability of people with and without hip and knee arthroplasty in a random national sample. METHODS: In 1999 a screening questionnaire to classify people into groups of increasing probabilities of disability was sent to 417 500 people; response rate 86%. The study population was obtained by a stratified randomisation, with a high sampling rate for the most severely disabled group and a minimum sampling rate for people without daily living restrictions. A computer assisted interview to assess levels of disability, dependence, and handicap was given to 21 760 people; response rate 78%. A weighting factor was applied to obtain estimates representative of the French population. The presence of chronic conditions, impairments, and disability was ascertained from the subjects' reports. RESULTS: The hip and knee arthroplasty group comprised 815 subjects in the sample, indicating an estimated 691 000 subjects (95% confidence interval (CI) 597 000 to 785 000) in the French non-institutionalised population. The prevalence of arthroplasty is estimated at 1.2%. After adjustments for confounding factors, activity limitations were greater among subjects with arthroplasty for the following activities: climbing stairs (odds ratio (OR)=4.0, 95% CI 2.8 to 5.8); walking distance (OR=3.4, 95% CI 2.5 to 4.6 for a walking distance less than 500 m); bending forward (OR=3.2, 95% CI 2.2 to 4.7); cutting toenails (OR=2.8, 95% CI 1.9 to 3.9); carrying (OR=2.6, 95% CI= 1.8 to 3.8); shopping (OR=2.1, 95% CI 1.5 to 2.9). CONCLUSIONS: This study would be useful to policy-makers considering population strategies for managing disabling arthritis.
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Isabelle Boutron, S. Poiraudeau, Jean-François Ravaud, G. Baron, Michel Revel, et al.. Disability in adults with hip and knee arthroplasty: a French national community based survey.. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, BMJ Publishing Group, 2003, 62 (8), pp.748-54. ⟨inserm-00433013⟩

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