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Health Indicator Report of Arthritis Prevalence

Arthritis affects 52.5 million adults in the U.S. and is the leading cause of disability. Arthritis is also associated with substantial activity limitation, work disability, and reduced quality of life. Findings from the National Health Interview Survey (2010-2012) indicated that 9.8 percent of adults 18 and older (22.7 million) had arthritis attributable activity limitation. In 2014, the prevalence of arthritis among adults age 18 and older in Utah was 20.1 percent. This represents approximately 410,000 individuals based on the estimated Utah population 18 and older for 2014.

Prevalence of Doctor-diagnosed Arthritis by Utah Small Area, 2014

Prevalence of Doctor-diagnosed Arthritis by Utah Small Area, 2014


Doctor-diagnosed arthritis was self-reported in the BRFSS and was not confirmed by a health-care provider; however, such self-reports have been shown to be acceptable for surveillance purposes.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population for comparison purposes. Age-adjusted rates are based on eight age groups: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75-84, and 85+. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [].

Data Source

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

Data Interpretation Issues

Because age affects the likelihood of having arthritis, it is beneficial to adjust for the effect of age when comparing populations. This helps determine if a certain population has factors that contribute to arthritis prevalence other than the effect of age. Beginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. More details about these changes can be found at: [].


Percentage of persons who have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.


Includes survey respondents ages 18 and older who reported being told by a doctor or other health professional that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. Excludes those with missing, don't know, and refused answers.


Includes survey respondents ages 18 and older. Exlcudes those with missing, don't know, or refused answers.

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

Other Objectives

A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (2010) was developed by more than 70 stakeholders following a call-to-action led by the Arthritis Foundation and CDC. A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis sets the stage for a collaborative and focused action to achieve the following three overall goals during the next 3 to 5 years: # Ensure the availability of evidence-based intervention strategies; such as, self management education, physical activity, injury prevention, and weight management, and healthy nutrition to all Americans with osteoarthritis (OA). # Establish supportive policies, communication initiatives, and strategic alliances for OA prevention and management. # Initiate needed research to better understand the burden of OA, its risk factors, and effective strategies for intervention. [[br]] The Agenda for OA is geared to serve as a blueprint for action and sets forth 10 strategy recommendations to reduce OA symptoms such as pain, disability, and loss of function. More information and the full text of the agenda is available at [].

How Are We Doing?

In 2014, 20.1 percent of Utah adults reported having arthritis. Arthritis prevalence ranged from 4.9 percent among persons ages 18-34 to 50.5 percent among persons ages 65 and older. Rates were higher for women in every age group. The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis for 2014 in Utah's Local Health Districts ranged from a low of 17.9 percent in Summit County Health District, to a high of 26.1 percent in the Central Utah Health District.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis in Utah was 21.4 percent in 2014, which was slightly lower than the U.S. age-adjusted rate of 22.4 percent.

What Is Being Done?

Addressing the burden of arthritis requires coordinated and collaborative efforts among governmental and public health agencies, private organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, the area agencies on aging, health systems, health care providers, and others. These alliances help to assure a comprehensive approach to addressing arthritis. The Utah Arthritis Program also focuses on measuring the occurrence of arthritis in Utah, improving arthritis awareness and education, and increasing participation in programs proven to help persons with arthritis and other chronic conditions.

Evidence-based Practices

The Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) and the Arthritis Foundation Great West Region promotes the Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease program. The UAP also recommends the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, EnhanceFitness and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise programs which have been proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.

Available Services

Arthritis Foundation Great West Region[[br]] 4424 S 700 E Ste 180, SLC UT 84107[[br]] Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program[[br]] 801-713-5722[[br]] Leslie Nelson,[[br]] [[br]] Bear River Health Dept[[br]] 435-792-6521[[br]] David Watkins,[[br]] [[br]] Central Utah Health Dept[[br]] 70 Westview Dr, Richfield UT 84701[[br]] 435-896-5451 ext 341[[br]] Sarah Bagley,[[br]] [[br]] Communidades En Accion (provides courses in Spanish)[[br]] 801-265-1111[[br]] Olga Rubiano,[[br]] [[br]] Davis County Health Dept[[br]] 22 S State St, Clearfield UT 84015[[br]] 801-525-5087[[br]] Jessica Hardcastle,[[br]] [[br]] EnhanceFitness[[br]] Salt Lake County Active Aging Program[[br]] 385-468-3083[[br]] Nichole Shepherd,[[br]] [[br]] Evidence-based Programs[[br]] [][[br]] [][[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Five County Association of Governments (AAA)[[br]] 1070 W 1600 S Bldg B[[br]] PO Box 1550, St George UT 84771[[br]] 435-673-3548[[br]] Tracy Heavyrunner,[[br]] [[br]] Intermountain Healthcare[[br]] 36 S State St, 22nd Fl[[br]] SLC UT 84111[[br]] 801-408-8635[[br]] Karyn Gingras,[[br]] [[br]] Living Well with Chronic Conditions[[br]] Utah Arthritis Program[[br]] 801-538-9340[[br]] Rebecca Castleton,[[br]] [[br]] Lupus Foundation of America - Utah Chapter[[br]] 325 S Denver St, Ste 101[[br]] SLC UT 84111[[br]] 801-364-0366[[br]] [[br]] National Tongan American Society[[br]] 801-558-4051[[br]] O. Fahina Pasi or Ivoni Nash[[br]] or[[br]] [[br]] Office of Health Disparities[[br]] 3760 S Highland Dr[[br]] PO Box 142008[[br]] SLC UT 84114-2008[[br]] [[br]] Rheumatologists in Utah[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Salt Lake County Active Aging Program[[br]] 2001 S State St[[br]] 385-468-3083[[br]] Nichole Shepard,[[br]] [[br]] The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital[[br]] 5770 S 300 E, Murray UT 84123[[br]] 801-314-4100[[br]] [] [[br]] [[br]] Tooele County Aging and Adult Services[[br]] 59 E Vine St, Tooele UT 84074[[br]] 435-843-4104[[br]] Sherrie Ahlstrom, RN,[[br]] [[br]] University of Utah[[br]] Division of Rheumatology, School of Medicine[[br]] 30 N 900 E Rm 4B200 SOM, SLC UT 84132-0001[[br]] 801-581-7724[[br]] [[br]] University of Utah Clinics[[br]] 435-843-3030[[br]] Emily Carlson[[br]] [[br]] Utah Area Agencies on Aging[[br]] Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services[[br]] Dept of Human Resources[[br]] 195 N 1950 W, SLC UT[[br]] 801-538-3925[[br]] Charlotte Vincent, or[[br]] [][[br]] [[br]] Utah Arthritis Program[[br]] Bureau of Health Promotion[[br]] PO Box 142107, SLC UT 84114-2107[[br]] Rebecca Castleton, 801-538-9340[[br]] [[br]] Utah County Health Dept[[br]] Justice Building[[br]] 151 S University Ave, Provo UT 84601[[br]] Patty Cross 801-851-7528 or Courtney Rahm 801-851-7095[[br]] pattyc@utah or[[br]] [[br]] Utah Navajo Health System[[br]] PO Box 130, East Hwy 262[[br]] Montezuma Creek UT 84534[[br]] Nick Fox, 435-678-3601,[[br]] [[br]] Wasatch County Health Dept[[br]] 55 S 500 E, Heber City UT 84032[[br]] 435-654-2700[[br]] [[br]] Weber Human Services AAA[[br]] 237 26th St, Ogden UT 84401-3105[[br]] 801-778-6834[[br]] Jesse Garcia,[[br]] [[br]] Weber/Morgan Health Dept[[br]] 477 23rd St, Ogden UT 84401[[br]] 801-399-7283[[br]] Jesse Bush,
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