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Indicator Report - Arthritis Prevalence

Why Is This Important?

Arthritis affects 50 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 (2007-2009) indicated that 9.4 percent of adults 18 and older (21.1 million or 42.4% of those with arthritis) had arthritis attributable activity limitation, and 8.2 million working-age (18-64 years) U.S. adults report work limitations due to arthritis or joint symptoms.

Age-adjusted Percentage of Adults With Doctor-diagnosed Arthritis by Utah Small Area, 2012

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Data Notes

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.   Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. 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+.

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 graph is based on the new methodology.

A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL:

Data Sources

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

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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.

How We Calculated the Rates

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

Page Content Updated On 10/29/2013, Published on 10/29/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:23 MST