Disparities in joint replacement utilization: A quality of care issue

Nkechinyere Emejuaiwe, Alvin C. Jones, Said A. Ibrahim, C. Kent Kwoh

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Although total joint replacement is an effective treatment option for end-stage lower extremity osteoarthritis, racial disparities in joint replacement utilization have been well documented. These disparities may be due in part to patient-level factors such as willingness to consider joint replacement and worse expectations of joint replacement outcomes. In addition, African-Americans may have worse outcomes after total joint replacement and are more likely to have surgery performed by surgeons with lower volumes or in hospitals with lower volumes. All of these issues may be considered concerns with the quality of care delivered to African-Americans with osteoarthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S44-S49
JournalClinical and experimental rheumatology
Issue number6 SUPPL. 47
StatePublished - 2007


  • Joint replacement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Quality of care
  • Racial disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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