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Total Knee Replacement Race Gap Persists

Total Knee Replacements Still More Common Among Whites Than African Americans Age 65 and Older
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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 the U.S.

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.

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