Because arthritis and other rheumatic conditions seldom cause death but have a significant impact on health, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures are a better indicator of their impact than related mortality rates. This report examines data from 11 states that participated in the 1996-1998 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing state-based, random-digit-dialed telephone survey. Findings indicate that persons with arthritis have substantially worse HRQOL than persons without arthritis, regardless of sex, age, or education level. Among adults with arthritis, women, younger persons, and persons with less than a college education had the most unhealthy days. States and local health agencies can use data from the BRFSS and HRQOL measures to guide efforts in reaching the Healthy People 2010 goal — increasing the quality and years of healthy life for persons with arthritis.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control