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2023 Feb 02

Clin Orthop Relat Res

Association of Unmet Social Needs With Level of Capability in People With Persistent Knee Pain.


Lin E, Wagner JK, Trutner Z, Brinkman N, Koenig KM, Bozic KJ, Haynes AB, Jayakumar P
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2023 Feb 02.
PMID: 36735586.


Musculoskeletal providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of social factors and their association with health outcomes as they aim to develop more comprehensive models of care delivery. Such factors may account for some of the unexplained variation between pathophysiology and level of pain intensity and incapability experienced by people with common conditions, such as persistent nontraumatic knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis (OA). Although the association of one's social position (for example, income, employment, or education) with levels of pain and capability are often assessed in OA research, the relationship between aspects of social context (or unmet social needs) and such symptomatic and functional outcomes in persistent knee pain are less clear.