Patients waiting for hip operations suffering ‘pain worse than death’

15 August 2019 – Telegraph

The research by Edinburgh University has recorded the health states of over 2,000 people on waiting lists and found 19% were in extreme pain or discomfort.

The level is so poor it is defined by experts as “worse than death” – more painful than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure or lung diseases.

Scientists who used the internationally approved EQ-5D measurement said the findings disprove perceptions that hip and knee arthritis only causes mild discomfort.

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