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Footwear and foot orthoses adherence for Maori with inflammatory joint disease

3 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Cynthia Strickland
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Maori have high prevalence rates of gout and rheumatoid arthritis. These diseases have severe impact on their quality of life, particularly with the development of foot deformities, foot pain and disability. Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and has significant functional impacts. The incidence and prevalence of gout has increased worldwide and especially in New Zealand. Recent gout prevalence estimates for New Zealand European adults are 3.2%, 6.1% for Maori adults and 7.6% for Pacific Island adults. Adherence to footwear and foot orthoses is a major factor in the intervention of inflammatory joint disease of Maori. The aim of the review is to evaluate footwear and foot orthoses adherence in people with inflammatory joint disease.