The older worker with osteoarthritis of the knee

Palmer, Keith T. (2012) The older worker with osteoarthritis of the knee British Medical Bulletin, 102, (1), pp. 79-88. (doi:10.1093/bmb/lds011). (PMID:22544779).


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Background Changing demographics mean that many patients with large joint arthritis will work beyond traditional retirement age. This review considers the impact of knee osteoarthritis (OA) on work participation and the relation between work and total knee replacement (TKR).

Sources Two systematic searches in Embase and Medline, supplemented by three systematic reviews.

Areas of agreement Probably, although evidence is limited, knee OA considerably impairs participation in work (labour force participation, work attendance and work productivity).

Areas of uncertainty/research need Little is known about effective interventions (treatments, work changes and policies) to improve vocational participation in patients with knee OA; or how type of work affects long-term clinical outcomes (e.g. pain, function and the need for revision surgery) in patients with TKRs. The need for such research is pressing and opportune, as increasing numbers of patients with knee OA or TKR expect to work on.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/bmb/lds011
ISSNs: 0007-1420 (print)
Keywords: gonarthrosis, employment, occupational, management, work participation
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 345310
Date :
Date Event
26 April 2012e-pub ahead of print
June 2012Published
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 15:11
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:22
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