Author(s): Weathers E, Creedon R
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Abstract Osteoarthritis (OA) is now considered one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries, and it is estimated that worldwide 18\% of women and 9.6\% of men over 60 years suffer from this condition. It is therefore vital to take the demographics of this disorder and the health needs of this age group, including associated psychological and social elements, into account when identifying the extent the problems associated with OA impact on the individual. Elderly patients, however, sometimes accept their condition and adopt a positive outlook towards their OA, using this as a coping strategy. This association with and acceptance of pain by older patients as a normal part of the ageing process may compromise the patient's ability to undertake activities of daily living.
This article was published in Br J Nurs
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research