Prevalence and Incidence of Arthritis


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Arthritis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Arthritis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Arthritis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Arthritis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Arthritis: 37 million Americans (NIAMS)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 7 or 13.60% or 37 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Arthritis: An estimated 40 million people in the United States have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. By the year 2020, this number is expected to reach 59 million. Rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability among adults age 65 and older.1

Prevelance of Arthritis discussion: Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are chronic and disabling, and affect an estimated 40 million Americans. Nearly 50% of persons 2

Prevelance statistics about Arthritis: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Arthritis:

  • 245 per 1000 (NHIS95)
  • 43 million people with arthritis in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • 1 in 6 people in the US have arthritis (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • More than 26.4 million women have arthritis in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • At least 40 million people in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)
  • Estimated 60 million expected cases in the US 2020 (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • Estimated 36 million expected cases in women in the US 2020 (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • 42.7 million noninstitutionalised adults had arthritic symptoms in the US 2002 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 20.8% of noninstitutionalised adults had arthritic symptoms in the US 2002 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 47,700 home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 3.5% of home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 186,700 nursing home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 1999 (National Nursing Home Survey, 1999 Summary, NCHS, CDC)
  • 11.5% of nursing home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 1999 (National Nursing Home Survey, 1999 Summary, NCHS, CDC)
  • Arthritis statistics for Australia:
    • 2,576,000 people self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,042,000 men self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,535,000 women self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 13.9% of population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 11.7% of male population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 15.8% of female population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases: NIAMS
2. excerpt from Facts About Arthritis: CDC-OC

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