Reuters—December 6, 2017
Reuters featured a recent study on socioeconomic factors that could affect joint replacement outcomes. The study, authored by HSS rheumatologist Susan M. Goodman, MD, found that patients in poor communities who did not receive a college education had worse pain scores than those who did go to college.
"When we looked at the interaction with education, we found that some college education was protective. Even for those from poor communities, outcomes were far better for the educated," said Dr. Goodman.
She added that it is possible that people without a college education had delays in seeking treatment prior to surgery, which contributed to worse pain and function.
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