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Archive for May 15th, 2011

Risk Factor - Ethnic Background

Risk Factor - Ethnic Background

Research indicates that racial and ethnic differences exist in the occurrence of osteoarthritis.  Further race and ethnicity may play a role in how individuals respond to medical care and their associated outcomes.

Generally speaking, research suggests that African Americans and people from Hispanic descent are more likely to experience pain and disability when it comes to osteoarthritis.  Also these same minority groups are less likely to have their knees replaced as when compared to Caucasian Americans.

Researchers admit that racial and ethnic differences relating to knee osteoarthritis are poorly understood.  More studies are needed to understand the biological, lifestyle factors, and psychosocial influences that might lead to these differences.