Burden of Osteoarthritis in Canada
Authors: Badley EM, Wilfong JM, Zahid S, and Perruccio AV
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and affects more Canadians than all other forms of arthritis combined. OA is characterized by stiffness, swelling and/or pain of the joints that leads to disability, poorer physical and mental health, and an overall reduced quality of life. To help communicate the underappreciated impact of OA on Canadians of all ages, the Arthritis Society recently commissioned a special report entitled The Burden of Osteoarthritis in Canada (2021) by the Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit (ACREU). This national report is the first of its kind and pulls together data from multiple representative Canadian population-based surveys to provide information about the current state of OA in Canada and the impact faced by people with OA.
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