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Gender imbalance in joint replacements


Australian men with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis have higher rates of joint replacement than women, despite women having more severe disease, new figures show.

The difference appeared to be linked to men being less likely to seek treatment early for their disease than women, according to the report, released by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this month.

Among those with rheumatoid arthritis however, the report showed women had a higher rate of joint replacement than men.

A second AIHW report on use of anti-resorptive agents for osteoporosis management, found that in the first 12 months of therapy, 2 in 5 patients did not receive enough medication to receive the maximum benefit from the therapy.


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