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Health Indicator Report of Arthritis and Poor Mental Health

Having a long term illness such as arthritis may contribute to stress, depression, and problems with emotions. Adults with arthritis are limited in their everyday activities, have lower employment than those without arthritis, and have other chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.^1^ All of these integrated factors may impact their mental and emotional well-being. In addition, poor mental health can exacerbate functional disabilities, affect adherence to treatment, and be a barrier to self-care. Health care providers can help by screening all adults with arthritis for depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. Health care providers can also refer those suffering from arthritis and other chronic conditions to a Living Well with Chronic Disease Workshop or evidence-based exercise classes. These workshops are not meant to replace existing treatment, but rather to support it. Schedules and locations of the workshops and classes can be found at: [].[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017, March 7). Arthritis in America. Retrieved from []
Utah adults with arthritis were significantly more likely to report having 7 or more days of poor mental health in the past 30 days when compared to Utah adults without arthritis. The percent of people reporting poor mental health decreases as they age.

Percentage of Utah Adults Reporting Seven or More Days of Poor Mental Health in the Past 30 Days With or Without Arthritis by Age, 2014-2016

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health

Data Interpretation Issues

The estimates used in this report are based on self-reported data. Such reported information has been shown to be acceptable for surveillance purposes.


Individuals with arthritis who reported having poor mental health defined as seven or more days when their mental health was not good during the past 30 days.


Number of survey respondents who reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and seven or more days when their mental health was not good in the past 30 days.


Total number of respondents who reported they had some form of arthritis. Responses of "Don't know/Not Sure," "Refused," and those with "Missing" responses were excluded.

Healthy People Objective AOCBC-5:

Reduce the proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis who report serious psychological distress
U.S. Target: 6.6 percent

How Are We Doing?

In 2016, adults with arthritis were more likely to report seven or more days of poor mental health in the past 30 days (32.6 percent) compared to adults without arthritis (13.8 percent; age-adjusted rates). Younger persons with arthritis report poor mental health more often than their older counterparts. Among adults ages 18-34 years old with arthritis, 43.0 percent reported seven or more days of poor mental health compared to 12.4 percent among adults aged 65 and older with arthritis (2014-2016 combined data). The burden of poor mental health is also greater for women than men. Women with arthritis are significantly more likely than men with arthritis to report having poor mental health for all age groups. Women ages 18-34 years old with arthritis have the highest reports of poor mental health (49.5 percent). Men ages 18-34 by contrast had 33.9 percent reporting poor mental health. This decreased to 14.1 percent for females and 9.9 percent for males 65 years and older.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Arthritis Program focuses on measuring the occurrence of arthritis in Utah, increasing arthritis awareness and educational opportunities, and promoting participation in programs proven to help persons with arthritis, pain, and other chronic conditions.

Evidence-based Practices

The Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) partners with healthcare, nonprofit, and government organizations across Utah to deliver evidence-based workshops to help people better manage arthritis, pain, and other chronic conditions. Schedules and locations of these workshops can be found at []. The UAP recommends and supports the *Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, EnhanceFitness, Walk With Ease, Living Well with a Disability, and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program which have been proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions. *Chronic Disease Self-Management programs include: [[br]] - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) as known as Living Well with Chronic Conditions[[br]] - Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) also known as Living Well with Diabetes[[br]] - Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) also known as Living Well with Chronic Pain[[br]] - Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish CDSMP)[[br]] - Better Choices Better Health (online CDSMP)[[br]] [[br]] For additional information on these programs visit [] or [].

Available Services

To find and register for an evidence-based program in your area please visit:[[br]] [][[br]] or call the Health Resource Line at:[[br]] 1-888-222-2542[[br]] Utah Department of Health Arthritis Program[[br]] Bureau of Health Promotion[[br]] P.O. Box 142107[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2107[[br]] (801) 538-9458[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] National Alliance on Mental Illness[[br]] 1600 W. 2200 S.[[br]] West Valley City, Utah 84119[[br]] 801-323-9900[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Utah Area Agencies on Aging[[br]] Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services[[br]] Department of Human Resources[[br]] 195 N. 1950 W.[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah 84116[[br]] 1-877-424-4640 or (801) 538-3910[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health[[br]] 195 N. 1950 W.[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah 84116[[br]] (801) 538-3939[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Valley Behavioral Health[[br]] Salt Lake: (888) 949-4864[[br]] Tooele: 435-843-3520[[br]] Summit: 435-649-8347[[br]] [][[br]] Administrative Offices: [[br]] 4460 South Highland Drive, Ste 310

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 measuring the occurrence of arthritis in Utah, improving arthritis communications and education, and increasing participation in programs proven to help those with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The UAP is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation Utah/Idaho Chapter, local health districts, and community based organizations to build a comprehensive, effective program.
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