Unmet need for joint replacement: a qualitative investigation of barriers to treatment among individuals with severe pain and disability of the hip and knee.

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OBJECTIVE To explore barriers to health-care utilization in respondents with moderate to severe hip/knee symptoms of pain and disability. METHODS In-depth interviews were carried out with 27 participants who had high levels of hip/knee pain and disability (according to New Zealand scores). There were 10 men and 17 women; median age 76 yr (range 51-91… (More)

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