The substantial personal burden experienced by younger people with hip or knee osteoarthritis

I. N. Ackerman, A. Bucknill, R. S. Page, N. S. Broughton, C. Roberts, B. Cavka, P. Schoch, C. A. Brand

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Objective: To compare Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and psychological distress in younger people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) to age- and sex-matched population norms, and evaluate work limitations in this group. Method: People aged 20-55 years with hip or knee OA were recruited from major hospitals (n = 126) and community advertisements (n = 21). HRQoL was assessed using the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) instrument (minimal important difference 0.06 AQoL units) and compared to population norms. Psychological distress was assessed using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) and the prevalence of high/very high distress (K10 score ≥22) was compared to Australian population data. Work limitations were evaluated using the Workplace Activity Limitations Scale (WALS). Results: Considering most participants had a relatively recent OA diagnosis (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1276-1284
Number of pages9
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Health status
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Quality of life
  • Work limitations
  • Work participation

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