Researchers looked at sick leave and disability pension statistics for people with knee osteoarthritis compared to the general population. This was done using data from Skane Health Care Register and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Sweden). According to study results, published online June 7, 2012 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, over 15,000 working-age people with knee osteoarthritis were compared to the general population. Considering all sick leave for the whole population, 3.1% of sick leave days were attributable to knee osteoarthritis or a comorbid condition related to knee osteoarthritis. Of all disability pensions, 1.8% were attributed to knee osteoarthritis.
People with knee osteoarthritis, diagnosed by a doctor, have about double the risk of sick leave and 40-50% increased risk of disability pension compared to the general population. Researchers concluded that about 2% of all sick days in society could be attributed to knee osteoarthritis.
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