Our substantive research aim is to examine how patients make difficult decisions about surgical treatment for knee osteoarthritis, a serious chronic condition affecting many middle aged and old people. We will be concerned specifically with the effects of: 1) level of pain; 2) opportunity costs associated with treatment; 3) physician recommendations; 4) supplementary outcome projections; and 5) testimonials of other patients on patient decisions.
Osteoarthritis of the knee may cause limited mobility and difficulty performing daily tasks. To help people understand the available treatment options and determine which treatment is best for them, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Treatment Choices for Knee Osteoarthritis.
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