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Share of U.S. adults with arthritis and severe joint pain 2017, by weight

Percentage of adults with arthritis in the U.S. who had arthritis-attributable severe joint pain in 2017, by weight

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

base: 435,331 adults

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Among adults aged ≥18 years with arthritis

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Doctor-diagnosed arthritis was defined as an affirmative response to the question “Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?"
Age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. projected adult population, using three age groups: 18–44, 45–64, and ≥65 years.

Severe joint pain was defined as a response of 7–10 to “Please think about the past 30 days, keeping in mind all of your joint pain or aching and whether or not you have taken medication. On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is no pain or aching and 10 is pain or aching as bad as it can be, during the past 30 days, how bad was your joint pain on average?” Overall, 141,744 (98.4%) respondents with arthritis had severe joint pain data available.

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