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.
Data NotesDoctor-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: http://ibis.health.utah.gov/query/Help.html.
Data SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionPercentage 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
Page Content Updated On 10/29/2013, Published on 10/29/2013