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.
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 certain populations have 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].
Why Is This Important?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 2020, the percent of Utah adults aged 18 and older with arthritis was 21 percent (crude rate). This represents approximately 487,327 individuals based on the estimated Utah population 18 and older for 2020.
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?Roughly one in every five Utah adults reported having arthritis over the past several years. As people age, the likelihood of having arthritis increases. For example, 5.7 percent of adults aged 18-34 reported having arthritis whereas one in every two (52.7 percent) adults 65 years and older reported having arthritis (combined years 2018-2020). As the older adult population increases in the coming years, the prevalence of arthritis is also projected to increase.
Women 65 years and older were the most likely to have arthritis with 57.8 percent reporting arthritis. This was significantly greater than the rate for men of the same age (46.7 percent). Women were more likely to have arthritis for all age groups.
Other groups that were less likely to have arthritis included 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.
Arthritis prevalence also differed by geographic location. The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis (combined years 2018-2020) in local health districts ranged from a low of 19.1 percent in Summit County Health District to a high of 32.1 percent in Southeast Utah Health District. Health districts with rates significantly lower than the state rate included Summit County and Wasatch County. Health districts with rates significantly higher than the state rate included Southeast Utah, Tooele County, Central Utah, Weber-Morgan, and TriCounty.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis in Utah was 21.9 percent in 2020, which was the same as the U.S. age-adjusted rate.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Arthritis Program focuses on measuring the occurrence of arthritis in Utah, increasing arthritis awareness and educational opportunities, and promoting participation in programs proven to help persons with arthritis, pain, and other chronic conditions.
Additionally, the Utah Arthritis Program supports health systems, clinics, and physicians using strategies and resources that support healthcare provider-patient counseling to increase physical activity and referrals to the evidence-based workshops and exercise classes [https://www.selfmanagementresource.com/programs/small-group/chronic-disease-self-management/ proven] to help patients improve their mental and physical health. Physicians can use the [http://livingwell.utah.gov/docs/physicianPortal_Instructions.pdf Living Well physician portal] to refer patients to the evidence-based classes.
Evidence-based PracticesThe Utah Arthritis Program partners with healthcare, nonprofit, and government organizations across Utah to deliver evidence-based workshops to help people better manage arthritis, pain, and other chronic conditions. Schedules and locations of these workshops can be found at [http://livingwell.utah.gov/].
The UAP recommends and supports the *Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, EnhanceFitness, Walk With Ease, Living Well with a Disability, and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program which have been proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions.
*Chronic Disease Self-Management programs include:[[br]]
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) as known as Living Well with Chronic Conditions[[br]]
- Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) also known as Living Well with Diabetes[[br]]
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) also known as Living Well with Chronic Pain[[br]]
- Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish CDSMP)[[br]]
- Better Choices Better Health (online CDSMP)[[br]]
For additional information on these programs visit [https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/interventions/index.htm] or [http://livingwell.utah.gov/].
Health Program InformationThe vision of the Utah Arthritis Program is to increase self-management skills and improve the quality of life for all Utahns affected by arthritis and other chronic conditions.
The Utah Arthritis Program provides technical assistance and coordination to increase awareness, expand reach, and achieve sustainability of evidence-based self-management programs for all Utahns affected by arthritis and other chronic conditions through statewide partnerships.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about providing, referring, or increasing physician counseling for patients into evidence-based programs. Visit [http://livingwell.utah.gov/ LivingWell.Utah.Gov] to find a workshop for yourself or a loved one.