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J Arthroplasty. 2004 Apr;19(3):302-9.

Waiting for total hip arthroplasty: avoidable loss in quality time and preventable deterioration.

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Department of Orthopaedics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


This study was conducted to determine the effect of waiting times for total hip arthroplasty in terms of loss in quality-adjusted life years and additional burden perceived. A second goal was to study the effect of waiting times and preoperative function scores on postoperative outcome scores. Data were collected prospectively from a cohort of 161 patients waiting for total hip arthroplasty. The Oxford Hip score, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, SF-36, and the EuroQol health status instruments were administered when the patient was placed on the waiting list, preoperatively, and 3 and 12 months after surgery. The disease-specific scores especially showed a significant deterioration during the waiting time. Moreover, a considerable loss of quality-adjusted life years occurred simply by postponing surgery. Although we found no direct effect of waiting time on postoperative outcomes, patients in a later phase of the disease process did not improve to the level achieved by patients with better preoperative function.

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