Disability and quality of life of patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis in the primary care setting and factors associated with general practitioners’ indication for prosthetic replacement within 1 year1

Pain and physical disability, the two main symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA), have a significant impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL)1. The high prevalence of OA in elderly people and the aging of the population will lead to increased OA and, consequently, costs to treat these patients.