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Important Facts for Arthritis - Monitoring Reach of Evidence-based Programs


Reach refers to the reported number of people who attend an evidence-based self-management or exercise program during a specified reporting period.


Number of people who attended an evidence-based arthritis or chronic disease self-management or exercise program.


Not applicable.

Data Interpretation Issues

Prior to July of 2008, new participants who had never attended a class, ongoing participants who continued to enroll in an ongoing program and aquatics participants were counted. Beginning in July 2008 only new participants in approved evidenced-based programs are counted. In 2010, ongoing participants are counted from January through June, but may not be counted during July through December.

Why Is This Important?

It is important to monitor participation in evidence-based programs. Increased interest from the United States Congress, and an emphasis on accountability highlights the importance of monitoring these data. The data may be used to measure growth and distribution of programs, and allows for comparison of participation in programs by state.

Healthy People Objective AOCBC-8:

Increase the proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis who have had effective, evidence-based arthritis education as an integral part of the management of their condition
U.S. Target: 11.7 percent
State Target: 12.1 percent

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) is working with our partners who receive mini-grants to perform community-based education to promote evidence-based self-management programs.

Health Program Information

The mission of the Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) is to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis. The UAP is focused on increasing participation in programs proven to help people with arthritis. The UAP is working closely with the CDC, the Arthritis Foundation Great West Region, aging services, local health departments, the University of Utah, and others to build a comprehensive, effective program.
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:42 MDT