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This study examines the availability and use of neighborhood resources in relation to clinical lower limb osteoarthritis (LLOA) in older participants from six European countries. Of the 2757 participants (65-85 years), 22.7% had LLOA. Participants with LLOA made more use of places to sit (OR=2.50; CI: 1.36-4.60 in the UK), and less use of parks and walking areas (OR=0.30; CI: 0.12-0.75 in Sweden), compared to participants without LLOA, particularly in countries with high availability of resources. The results suggest that specific features of the environment impact the use of neighborhood resources by older adults with LLOA.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.10.006

Type

Journal article

Journal

Health & place

Publication Date

01/2016

Volume

37

Pages

1 - 7

Addresses

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: s.vanderpas@vumc.nl.

Keywords

Lower Extremity, Humans, Osteoarthritis, Public Facilities, Transportation, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Europe, Female, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires, Parks, Recreational