PHOM Indicator Report of 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 Arthritis by Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 2011
Data SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
Data NotesDoctor-diagnosed arthritis is 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 the U.S. 2000 standard population for comparison purposes. Rates are based on three age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+ 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.
Risk FactorsThe prevalence of arthritis increases with age. Females are more likely to report arthritis than males. White, non-Hispanic individuals are more likely to report arthritis than Hispanic persons. Being overweight or obese is also a risk factor. Specific genes are associated with a higher risk of certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), and ankylosing spondylitis.
How Are We Doing?In 2011, 19.8 percent of Utah adults reported having arthritis. Arthritis prevalence ranged from 6.0 percent among persons ages 18-34 to 51.4 percent among persons ages 65 and older. Rates were higher for women in every age group.
The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis for 2011 in Utah's Local Health Districts ranged from a low of 19.3 percent in Summit and Wasatch County Health Districts, to a high of 26.7 percent in the TriCounty Health District.
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.
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
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/22/2012