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2022 Dec 14

Int J Environ Res Public Health



The Impact of Chronic Pain, Stiffness and Difficulties in Performing Daily Activities on the Quality of Life of Older Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.


Wojcieszek A, Kurowska A, Majda A, Liszka H, Gądek A
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Dec 14; 19(24).
PMID: 36554695.


Osteoarthritis causes a number of physical ailments, which result in the deterioration of a persons' general health and reduction of their ability to move freely. This cross-sectional study was designed to assess the impact of physical ailments in the course of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) on the quality of life (QoL) of patients in early old age. An anonymous survey was conducted by the use of the recognized research tools: Western Ontario scale and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), The Index of Severity for Knee Disease (ISK) and World Health Organization Quality of Life-BEFF (WHOQOL-BREF). The study involved 300 people aged between 60 and 75 years old, including 150 patients diagnosed with gonarthrosis and 150 people without lower limb complaints. The significant intensification of the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis was associated with a worse assessment of health ( < 0.001), overall quality of life ( < 0.001) and in the following domains: physical ( < 0.001), mental ( < 0.001) and environmental ( < 0.001) in a group of patients with KOA. These findings suggest that taking measures to reduce knee pain and improve function may have an impact on improving the overall quality of the life of people in their early old age.