Arthritis Data

Purpose

To provide ongoing surveillance on the burden and distribution of arthritis in Rhode Island.

Key Information

Self-reported information on arthritis risk factors and healthcare access.

  • Arthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases.
  • In 2017, 27.4% of Rhode Island adults – more than 232,000 people – said they have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Rhode Island Numbers 2017

Arthritis can severely affect people’s physical and mental wellbeing, and people with arthritis may also be struggling with other health-related issues:

Other health-related issues Percent of RI adults

Worried about affording nutritious meals in the past year

43.9%

Don't usually get enough social/emotional support

30.1%

Also have another chronic condition*

71.2%

Say their general health is fair or poor

30.2%

Had multiple days of poor mental health in the past month

38.2%

While white adults are more likely to be diagnosed, people of color report a greater associated health burden. This may result from unequal access to timely health care and related services.

Hispanic/ Latinx adults Black adults Non-Hispanic white adults

Prevalence of diagnosed arthritis

13.9%

15.2%

30.9%

Joint pain score (on scale 0-10)

6.8

5.2

4.5

Activity is limited due to arthritis symptoms

76.6%

54.6%

45.7%

Arthritis affects whether, type, or amount of work done

65.5%

40.2%

29.6%

Ever took a class on how to manage arthritis

23.1%

20.3%

12.1%

Classes on chronic pain self-management and chronic disease self-management are available to help Rhode Island adults learn healthy behavior tips for conditions like arthritis.

Number of RI adults who took a class on chronic pain or chronic disease self-management in 2018

794

Percent who completed the course

80.6%

Percent reporting greater confidence in managing their chronic condition at the end of the 6-week course

51.9%

Percent reporting greater confidence in doing things other than taking medication to manage their condition

46.4%

Percent reporting better general health at the end of the 6-week course

34.8%