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Knee Replacement Surgery Decreased After NHS Policies on Patient's Weight Were Introduced

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New research has found that weight/body mass index (BMI) policies introduced by NHS commissioning groups in England are associated with a decrease in knee replacement surgery and may be contributing to health inequalities.  With one in ten people likely to need a knee replacement, many thousands of patients are directly affected by these policies.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded study, led by the University of Bristol and published in PLOS ONE today [29 June], suggest regions that introduced policy changes for access to knee replacement surgery based on ...