Osteoarthritis incidence and trends in administrative health records from British Columbia, Canada

, , Charlie H. Goldsmith, & Jacek Kopeć
Objectives Our objectives were to calculate the incidence rates of osteoarthritis (OA) and to describe the changes in incidence using 18 years of administrative health records. Methods We analyzed visits to health professionals and hospital admission records in a random sample (n = 640,000) from British Columbia (BC), Canada from 1991/92 through 2008/09. OA was defined in two ways: Def1) at least one physician diagnosis or one hospital admission; and Def2) at least two physician...
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