Health Indicator Report of Arthritis Prevalence
Arthritis affects 54 million adults (1 in every 4) in the United States and is projected to increase. Arthritis is a leading cause of disability and is associated with substantial activity limitation, work disability, and reduced quality of life. In 2016, the percent of Utah adults age 18 and older with arthritis was 19.8 percent (crude rate). This represents approximately 451,500 individuals based on the estimated Utah population 18 and older for 2016.
Utah consistently has a lower prevalence of arthritis when compared to the United States.
Prevalence of Arthritis, Utah and U.S., 2000-2016
NotesDoctor-diagnosed arthritis was self-reported 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. In 2000 and 2001, the BRFSS questions were worded, "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have arthritis?" In 2002, the wording was changed to "Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?" 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. More details about these changes can be found at: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.pdf].
- Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
- U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Data Interpretation IssuesBecause 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 included 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: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.pdf].
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.
NumeratorIncludes 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.
DenominatorIncludes survey respondents ages 18 and older. Excludes 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
How Are We Doing?In 2016, 19.8 percent of Utah adults reported having arthritis (crude rate). Arthritis prevalence increases as people age and is significantly more common among women than men. For combined years 2014-2016, four to five percent of the adults 18-34 years old reported having arthritis. This increased to 43.2 percent for men and 56.5 percent for women ages 65 years and older. Other groups that are less likely to have arthritis include college graduates, Hispanics, and adults making more than $75,000 a year when compared to those with less education, non-Hispanics, and those making less than $75,000 a year, respectively. The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis for combined years 2014-2016 in Utah's Local Health Districts ranged from a low of 17.4 percent in Summit County Health District to a high of 27.5 percent in Tooele County Health District. Health districts with rates lower than the state rate included Summit County, Wasatch County, Utah County, and Salt Lake County. Health districts with rates higher than the state rate included Weber-Morgan, Central Utah, Southeast Utah, and Tooele County. The rest of the health districts had rates that were considered the same as the state rate.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis in Utah was 21.2 percent in 2016, which was slightly lower than the U.S. age-adjusted rate of 23.5 percent.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Arthritis Program focuses on measuring the occurrence of arthritis in Utah, increase arthritis awareness and educational opportunities, and promoting participation in programs proven to help persons with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Visit [http://livingwell.utah.gov/ LivingWell.Utah.Gov] to find a workshop for yourself or a loved one.
Evidence-based PracticesThe Utah Arthritis Program (UAP) partners with healthcare, nonprofit, and government organizations across Utah to deliver evidence-based workshops to help people better manage and prevent arthritis. The UAP recommends and supports the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, EnhanceFitness, Walk With Ease, and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program which have been proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.
Available ServicesTo find and register for an evidence-based program in your area please visit:[[br]] [http://www.livingwell.utah.gov][[br]] or call the Health Resource Line at:[[br]] 1-888-222-2542[[br]] Other resources for people with arthritis are available at: Utah Arthritis Program[[br]] [http://health.utah.gov/arthritis][[br]] Arthritis Foundation Great West Region[[br]] 4424 S 700 E Ste 180, SLC UT 84107[[br]] 888-391-9389[[br]] Information Evidence-Based Programs:[[br]] [https://www.selfmanagementresource.com/][[br]] [http://www.projectenhance.org/][[br]] Rheumatologists in Utah[[br]] [http://health.usnews.com/doctors/city-index/utah/rheumatologists]
Page Content Updated On 12/12/2017, Published on 01/03/2018