Total Knee Replacement Race Gap Persists
Total Knee Replacements Still More Common Among Whites Than African Americans Age 65 and Older
Feb. 19, 2009 -- The CDC today reported that "little to no progress"
was made from 2000 to 2006 to close the race gap in total knee replacements
among people age 65 and older.
That's despite a national goal to eliminate racial disparities in total knee
replacement among people age 65 and older by 2010.
A new CDC study, based on Medicare data, shows that from 2000-2006, there
was a 58% increase in total knee replacement among people age 65 and older in
During that time, total knee replacements rose by similar percentages for
whites (61%) and African-Americans (56%). The result: the race gap in total
knee replacements persisted.
Total knee replacement rates were 37% lower for African-Americans than for
whites in 2000 and 39% lower for African-Americans than for whites in 2006. The
race gap in total knee replacement rose in 19 states between 2000 and 2006,
according to the CDC.
The findings appear in the Feb. 20, 2009 edition of the CDC's Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report.