Background and purpose — Socioeconomic inequality in health is recognized as an important public health issue. We examined whether socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with revision and mortality rates after total hip arthroplasty (THA) within 90 and 365 days. Patients and methods — We obtained SES markers (cohabitation, education, income, and liquid assets) on 103,901 THA patients from Danish health registers (year 1995–2017). The outcomes were any revision (all revisions), specified revision (due to infection, fracture, or dislocation), and mortality. We used Cox regression analysis to estimate adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) of each outcome with 95% confidence interval (CI) for each SES marker. Results — Within 90 days, the aHR for any revision was 1.3 (95% CI 1.1–1.4) for patients living alone vs. cohabiting. The aHR was 2.0 (CI 1.4–2.6) for low-income vs. high-income among patients < 65 years. The aHR was 1.2 (CI 0.9–1.7) for low liquid assets among patients > 65 years. Results were consistent for any revision within 365 days as well as for revisions due to infection, fracture, and dislocation. The aHR for mortality was 1.4 (CI 1.2–1.6) within 90 days and 1.3 (CI 1.2–1.5) within 365 days for patients living alone vs. cohabiting. Low education, low income, and low liquid assets were associated with increased mortality rate within both 90 and 365 days. Interpretation — Our results suggest that living alone, low income, and low liquid assets were associated with increased revision and mortality up to 365 days after THA surgery. Optimizing medical conditions prior to surgery and implementing different post-THA support strategies with a focus on vulnerable patients may reduce complications associated with inequality.
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