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Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and selected musculoskeletal disorders in the United States.
Arthritis Rheum 1998; 41(5):778-99AR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To provide a single source for the best available estimates of the national prevalence of arthritis in general and of selected musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the spondylarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyalgia rheumatica/giant cell arteritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and low back pain).

METHODS

The National Arthritis Data Workgroup reviewed data from available surveys, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey series. For overall national estimates, we used surveys based on representative samples. Because data based on national population samples are unavailable for most specific musculoskeletal conditions, we derived data from various smaller survey samples from defined populations. Prevalence estimates from these surveys were linked to 1990 US Bureau of the Census population data to calculate national estimates. We also estimated the expected frequency of arthritis in the year 2020.

RESULTS

Current national estimates are provided, with important caveats regarding their interpretation, for self-reported arthritis and selected conditions. An estimated 15% (40 million) of Americans had some form of arthritis in 1995. By the year 2020, an estimated 18.2% (59.4 million) will be affected.

CONCLUSION

Given the limitations of the data on which they are based, this report provides the best available prevalence estimates for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions overall, and for selected musculoskeletal disorders, in the US population.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9588729

Citation

Lawrence, R C., et al. "Estimates of the Prevalence of Arthritis and Selected Musculoskeletal Disorders in the United States." Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. 41, no. 5, 1998, pp. 778-99.
Lawrence RC, Helmick CG, Arnett FC, et al. Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and selected musculoskeletal disorders in the United States. Arthritis Rheum. 1998;41(5):778-99.
Lawrence, R. C., Helmick, C. G., Arnett, F. C., Deyo, R. A., Felson, D. T., Giannini, E. H., ... Wolfe, F. (1998). Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and selected musculoskeletal disorders in the United States. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 41(5), pp. 778-99.
Lawrence RC, et al. Estimates of the Prevalence of Arthritis and Selected Musculoskeletal Disorders in the United States. Arthritis Rheum. 1998;41(5):778-99. PubMed PMID: 9588729.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and selected musculoskeletal disorders in the United States. AU - Lawrence,R C, AU - Helmick,C G, AU - Arnett,F C, AU - Deyo,R A, AU - Felson,D T, AU - Giannini,E H, AU - Heyse,S P, AU - Hirsch,R, AU - Hochberg,M C, AU - Hunder,G G, AU - Liang,M H, AU - Pillemer,S R, AU - Steen,V D, AU - Wolfe,F, PY - 1998/5/20/pubmed PY - 1998/5/20/medline PY - 1998/5/20/entrez SP - 778 EP - 99 JF - Arthritis and rheumatism JO - Arthritis Rheum. VL - 41 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To provide a single source for the best available estimates of the national prevalence of arthritis in general and of selected musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the spondylarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyalgia rheumatica/giant cell arteritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and low back pain). METHODS: The National Arthritis Data Workgroup reviewed data from available surveys, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey series. For overall national estimates, we used surveys based on representative samples. Because data based on national population samples are unavailable for most specific musculoskeletal conditions, we derived data from various smaller survey samples from defined populations. Prevalence estimates from these surveys were linked to 1990 US Bureau of the Census population data to calculate national estimates. We also estimated the expected frequency of arthritis in the year 2020. RESULTS: Current national estimates are provided, with important caveats regarding their interpretation, for self-reported arthritis and selected conditions. An estimated 15% (40 million) of Americans had some form of arthritis in 1995. By the year 2020, an estimated 18.2% (59.4 million) will be affected. CONCLUSION: Given the limitations of the data on which they are based, this report provides the best available prevalence estimates for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions overall, and for selected musculoskeletal disorders, in the US population. SN - 0004-3591 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9588729/Estimates_of_the_prevalence_of_arthritis_and_selected_musculoskeletal_disorders_in_the_United_States_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -