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Study: Living in Immigrant Communities Doesn’t Affect TKA Outcomes

Orthopedics This Weekfeatures a new study from HSS that examined data from nearly 4,000 total knee arthroplasties to determine if there were different outcomes for patients living in immigrant communities.

The study appears in the January 31, 2019 issue of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Co-author Bella Mehta, MBBS, MD, a rheumatologist at HSS, explains the thinking behind the study and its results to OTW, "Previous research has identified individual-level social risk factors such as race, gender, or education that may result in poor outcomes after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Community characteristics like poverty may also affect TKA outcomes."

"We found that pre-op and two-year post-op WOMAC pain and function scores were between 2.75-4.88 WOMAC points worse (on 100-point scale) in neighborhoods with a high immigrant proportion (≥ 40%) compared to low immigrant proportion (<10%). However, these differences were small, and not statistically significant after multivariable analyses," Dr. Mehta adds.

Read the full article at RyOrtho.com.