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OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to assess changes in physical function and quality of life with the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) and the instrument of the Medical Outcomes Study SF-36 Health Survey (MOS SF-36), respectively, in patients undergoing hip anf knee joint replacement surgery and to compare the(More)
Musculoskeletal disorders, of which osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common, incur significant economic, social and psychological costs. Costs of illness have risen over recent decades accounting for up to 1-2.5% of the gross national product for those countries studied so far, including the USA, Canada, the UK, France and Australia. Arthritis has a(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the health-related quality of life of people with osteoarthritis before and after primary total hip and knee replacement surgery with that of the general Australian population. DESIGN A prospective cohort study. SETTING Three Sydney hospitals, public and private. PARTICIPANTS Patients with osteoarthritis undergoing primary total(More)
AIMS A study was designed to assess the effects of a standardized instructional videotape on reducing interobserver variability for several commonly used observer dependent outcome measures. METHODS During a single day, six rheumatologists independently examined six patients with osteoarthritis (OA) in a predetermined order using a Latin square design,(More)
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