CDC released the first comprehensive report of state-level estimates about adults with arthritis today, titled—Geographic Variations in Arthritis Prevalence, Health-Related Characteristics, and Management — United States, 2015.
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary shows the differences in the impact of arthritis at the state level.
The new arthritis report estimates the number and percentage of adults with:
- Arthritis in each state and Washington, DC.
- Arthritis-attributable activity limitations.
- Arthritis-attributable severe joint pain.
- Arthritis and one or more other diseases, such as obesity, coronary heart disease, and diabetes.
- Arthritis who are physically inactive.
- Arthritis who were counseled by their health care provider to be physically active or to lose weight (13 states).
- Arthritis who participated in self-management education workshops (13 states).
- Arthritis who walk for exercise.
These estimates will enable CDC and other public health partners to move forward and better target the dissemination of evidenced-based interventions that can decrease the impact of arthritis, including easing arthritis pain. The data presented in this Surveillance Summary was collected as part of CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).