CDC: prevalence of arthritis 31.8 percent in most rural areas of U.S.

May 31, 2017

(HealthDay)—The prevalence of arthritis is 31.8 percent in the most rural areas and 20.5 percent in the most urban areas of the United States, according to research published in the May 26 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Michael A. Boring, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the prevalence of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation (AAAL) across urban- overall and among selected subgroups. Data were analyzed from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

The researchers found that in the most rural areas, the unadjusted prevalence of arthritis was 31.8 percent, compared with 20.5 percent in the most urban areas. Among adults with arthritis, the unadjusted AAAL prevalence was 55.3 and 49.7 percent in the most rural and most , respectively.

"Approximately one in three adults in the most rural areas have arthritis and over half of these adults have AAAL," the authors write. "Wider use of evidence-based interventions, including physical activity and self-management education, in rural areas might help reduce the impact of and AAAL."

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