Total joint arthroplasty is one of the most successful and costeffective treatments for end-stage arthritis. Understanding the disparity of outcomes associated with total knee and hip arthroplasty is crucial in the treatment of arthritis. Disparity in health care occurs in a variety of demographics and is on the front lines of health care policy. An individual's socioeconomic status, typically based on income and educational level, has been shown to have an effect on the outcomes of total joint arthroplasty. Acknowledging the differences in outcomes and discovering ways to reduce the disparity will not only be beneficial to individuals undergoing total joint arthroplasty but will also provide a better foundation for future orthopaedic surgeons and health care workers. Identifying individuals' differences in socioeconomic status and making appropriate adjustments should improve outcomes after total joint arthroplasty and prevent further disparities of care.
- Hip arthroplasty
- Knee arthroplasty
- Socioeconomic status
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine