Important Facts for Arthritis - Monitoring Reach of Evidence-based Programs
DefinitionReach refers to the reported number of people who attend an evidence-based self-management or exercise program during a specified reporting period.
NumeratorNumber of people who attended an evidence-based arthritis or chronic disease self-management or exercise program.
Data Interpretation IssuesPrior 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