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Complete Health Indicator Report of Arthritis Prevalence

Definition

The percentage of adults who have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

Numerator

Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System who have been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

Denominator

Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Data Interpretation Issues

Data for this indicator report are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone ownership. U.S. value is the median value of 50 states and D.C. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters. Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond. Please see the [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/view/docs/Query/BRFSS/BRFSS_fact_sheet_Aug2012.pdf BRFSS Method Change Factsheet]. The "missing" and "don't know" responses are removed before calculating a percentage.

Why Is This Important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects 1 in 4 adults and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the United States. Arthritis includes over 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue. Common arthritis symptoms of pain and stiffness are usually caused by degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). Carrying excess weight can increase the risk of degenerative arthritis of the back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Some of these rheumatic conditions involve auto-immune processes in which the body's immune system attacks joint tissue and various internal organs of the body. Although arthritis is more commonly seen in older adults, young and working age adults can also be affected. All of the human and economic costs are projected to increase over time as the population ages. [[br]][[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont # Centers for Disease Control and ''Prevention Healthy People 2020 Arthritis Overview''. Downloaded from [http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/Arthritis-Osteoporosis-and-Chronic-Back-Conditions] on 1/21/2016. }}

Other Objectives

Similar to HP2020 objective AOCBC-2: Reduce the proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis who experience a limitation in activity due to arthritis or joint symptoms.

How Are We Doing?

Rates of diagnosed arthritis among NM adults have remained stable, consistent with national trends.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

New Mexico's percent of adults with arthritis is similar to the national median percent.

What Is Being Done?

Community resources, including chronic disease self-management programs, can help people build skills to better cope with the pain, fatigue, physical limitations and emotional impact associated with their arthritis.

Evidence-based Practices

Interventions that can reduce arthritis pain and functional limitations include: * Increased physical activity * Self-management education * Weight loss among overweight/obese adults


Related Indicators

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Graphical Data Views

Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2005-2009 and 2011-2017

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The prevalence of diagnosed arthritis has remained stable since 2011. NM rate has been similar to the U.S. rate across that time period.
BRFSS by weighting method by NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 20
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200524.4%23.1%25.7%1,7735,443
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200727.2%25.8%28.6%2,2406,450
New Mexico, Old Weighting Method200925.7%24.5%27.0%3,0168,543
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201124.2%23.2%25.3%3,0459,388
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201223.9%22.9%25.0%2,6998,757
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201324.4%23.2%25.6%2,8539,269
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201425.8%24.5%27.2%2,8888,909
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201524.5%23.1%25.9%2,2486,700
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201627.7%26.2%29.3%2,1706,005
New Mexico, New Weighting Method201725.4%24.0%26.8%2,1186,509
U.S., Old Weighting Method200527.0%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200727.5%
U.S., Old Weighting Method200926.0%
U.S., New Weighting Method201124.4%
U.S., New Weighting Method201225.7%
U.S., New Weighting Method201325.3%
U.S., New Weighting Method201426.0%
U.S., New Weighting Method201525.3%
U.S., New Weighting Method201625.8%2016 Crude Median
U.S., New Weighting Method201724.9%2017 Crude Median

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.   U.S. values are the median of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia for each particular year. Beginning with 2011 estimates, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods. Therefore, estimates from 2011 and forward can not be compared to estimates from previous years.

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].


Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults by Sex, New Mexico, Age-adjusted 2017

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The prevalence of age-adjusted diagnosed arthritis was statistically significantly higher among women than men. This relationship of arthritis to gender has been consistent over time.
Sex, M/FPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 7
Total23.5%22.2%24.9%2,0996,445
Male20.0%18.2%21.9%7762,845
Female26.8%24.9%28.8%1,3223,598

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.


Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, Age-adjusted 2016, 2017 combined

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The age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed arthritis was statistically significantly higher among white adults than American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic adults. There was no significant difference between other Race/Ethnic populations.
Race/EthnicityPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native20.9%17.7%24.6%2811,296
Asian/Pacific Islander15.6%9.5%24.5%18105
Black/African American21.2%14.6%29.6%38138
Hispanic23.2%21.7%24.8%1,1593,967
White26.7%25.1%28.3%2,6546,575
New Mexico24.3%23.4%25.3%4,24512,374
United States24.9%2017 Crude Median

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.   *This count or rate is statistically unstable (RSE >0.30), and may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance).

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.


Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults by Year and Sex, New Mexico, Age-adjusted 2011-2017

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Within each gender, the age-adjusted prevalence diagnosed diabetes has remained stable since 2011. Across those years, with the exception of 2015, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among women has been statistically significantly higher than among men.
Sex: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
Male201122.1%20.6%23.6%-1,1103,763
Male201221.0%19.6%22.5%-9263,558
Male201320.5%19.0%22.1%-1,0553,892
Male201420.9%19.2%22.7%-1,0453,710
Male201521.7%19.9%23.6%-8462,808
Male201621.5%19.7%23.5%-8002,568
Male201720.0%18.2%21.9%-7762,845
Female201124.4%23.1%25.8%-1,9135,545
Female201223.8%22.6%25.1%-1,7445,115
Female201324.7%23.3%26.2%-1,7755,289
Female201427.3%25.5%29.1%-1,8205,098
Female201523.4%21.7%25.2%-1,3793,822
Female201628.8%26.9%30.9%-1,3463,361
Female201726.8%24.9%28.8%-1,3223,598
All201123.3%22.4%24.4%-3,0239,308
All201222.5%21.6%23.5%-2,6708,673
All201322.7%21.7%23.8%-2,8309,181
All201424.2%23.0%25.5%-2,8658,808
All201522.6%21.4%23.9%-2,2256,630
All201625.3%23.9%26.7%-2,1465,929
All201723.5%22.2%24.9%-2,0996,445

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.


Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults by County, New Mexico, Age-adjusted 2015-2017

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There was little difference by county. The age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed arthritis of three counties, Socorro, Quay, and Curry, was statistically significantly higher than that of the state, as a whole. The age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed arthritis of one county, McKinley, was statistically significantly lower than that of the state, as a whole.
CountyPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
Bernalillo23.7%22.1%25.5%-9262,800
Catron19.8%14.3%26.7%-3488
Chaves23.4%20.4%26.7%-219620
Cibola24.0%19.9%28.7%-239608
Colfax25.4%18.6%33.7%-49138
Curry32.9%28.2%37.9%-173425
De Baca**-41
Dona Ana23.1%21.1%25.2%-6061,775
Eddy24.8%21.6%28.2%-240618
Grant28.1%21.0%36.6%-122325
Guadalupe**-38
Harding**-17
Hidalgo**-36
Lea25.3%21.9%29.0%-188591
Lincoln21.8%17.9%26.3%-141368
Los Alamos26.4%18.6%36.1%-56184
Luna24.6%19.1%31.2%-79205
McKinley16.9%14.4%19.6%-2941,206
Mora31.8%22.4%42.9%-2865
Otero25.0%21.7%28.7%-245649
Quay36.6%27.3%47.1%-61131
Rio Arriba22.6%19.2%26.5%-227628
Roosevelt24.3%18.8%30.8%-68205
Sandoval23.2%19.9%26.7%-287822
San Juan21.4%19.6%23.2%-8922,705
San Miguel26.7%21.4%32.7%-116311
Santa Fe22.8%20.5%25.3%-5031,587
Sierra23.1%17.0%30.7%-70156
Socorro40.5%29.8%52.3%-60141
Taos27.7%21.2%35.3%-121347
Torrance20.7%13.4%30.7%-2985
Union22.0%13.0%34.6%-1962
Valencia23.2%18.2%29.2%-191468
New Mexico23.7%23.0%24.5%-6,47019,004
U.S.25.8%U.S. value is 2016 Crude median of 50 states and DC.

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.   Three years of data, 2015 through 2017, were combined to provide reasonably stable estimates. Still, estimates for four counties had to be suppressed due to inadequate sample size. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].


Prevalence of Diagnosed Arthritis among Adults By Age, New Mexico, 2017

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Diagnosed arthritis is associated with age. In each age group, the estimated prevalence of diagnosed arthritis was statistically significantly higher than that of the next younger age group. In 2017, 46.5% of adults age 65 or older had diagnosed arthritis.
Age GroupPercentage with Dr. Diagnosed ArthritisLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 14
18-345.8%4.2%7.9%62988
35-4920.3%17.3%23.6%2191,145
50-6435.1%32.2%38.1%6791,921
65+46.5%43.7%49.4%1,1392,391
NM - All ages25.4%24.0%26.8%2,1186,445
US - All ages24.9%2017 Crude Median

Data Notes

The arthritis question was administered only in odd years for years 2005-2009. The arthritis question has been administered every year beginning with 2011.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

References and Community Resources

1. CDC's Arthritis Program, [http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/] 2. Arthritis Foundation, New Mexico Chapter, [http://www.arthritis.org/chapters/new-mexico/]. Self Help Programs: Exercise, Self-Management Education, Aquatics. 3. NM IBIS 2011 - 2017. 4. NM Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2011-2017.

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Page Content Updated On 05/22/2017, Published on 12/27/2018
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Content updated: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:01:06 MST