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Arthritis impact over time: A longitudinal exploration of burden of illness, comorbities (particularly depression), management, and health care costs in older Australian women


Arthritis is the most common cause of activity limitation and disability among older Australian women. In 2002, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions were established as a National Health Priority Area, in recognition of the major health and economic burden these conditions place on our community. The broad aim of this project is to investigate the effect of Arthritis, and comorbidities associated with arthritis, on health and quality of life for older Australian women. The combination of extensive demographic, psychosocial and health survey data linked with Medicare and hospitalisations data means that the burden and economic costs of Arthritis in Australia can be examined more rigorously than in any previous work.