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Uneven access to hip and knee replacements

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Access to hip and knee replacements in England is uneven and unfairly affected by age, sex, deprivation, geography and ethnicity, according to UK and Canadian researchers.

They studied a population survey of 11,329 people aged 50 and over living in England. They found people aged between 60 and 84 were twice as likely to receive an operation than people aged between 50 and 59, even if they had equal need.

The study also found men received 31% more knee replacements and 8 per cent more hip replacements than women. People living in deprived areas were 70% less likely to receive hip or knee replacement operations.


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