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Arthritis in Oregon Report

Arthritis in Oregon - 2013 Report (pdf)
Based on the 2011 Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 27% of adult Oregonians (about 807,600 people) suffer from arthritis. Another 29% reported having arthritis joint symptoms without being diagnosed by a health care provider.  In addition, arthritis has an impact on associated chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Arthritis limits activities and productivity. Reported health status was also poorer in persons with arthritis than in those without the condition. Further, $467 million was spent in 2009 on joint replacements due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis alone. 
Getting an early diagnosis so that appropriate management can be initiated may improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis, including self-management activities such as weight control and physical activity, can help people with arthritis function better, stay productive and lower health care costs.

Arthritis Program Plans

In 1999, the Oregon Public Health Division received a two-year planning grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to staff an Arthritis Program that could develop population-based approaches to assess and address arthritis in Oregon. Working with the Oregon Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, a diverse group of individuals and organizations convened to form the Arthritis Advisory Council. The purpose was to draft a comprehensive - yet practical - statewide plan to address the impact of arthritis in Oregon. This is the 2006 Plan.
CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provided grants to 37 state health departments in 1999 to develop and enhance state-based programs that will decrease the burden of arthritis and improve the quality of life among people with arthritis.

Arthritis Facts and Data

Arthritis Quick-Fact Sheet (pdf) 
Answers: What is Arthritis, Who is Affected by Arthritis, What are the Costs, Treatment, and Risk Factors?
Includes: Oregon Data and Facts about Oregon's Arthritis Program

CD Summary Newsletters: Arthritis

The CD Summary is a publication of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, and is distributed every two weeks. The intended audience is licensed health care providers; public health and health care agencies; media representatives; medical laboratories; hospitals; and other individuals and institutions with an interest in epidemiology and public health interests.

CD Summary articles from the Arthritis Program:

Move it to Soothe It:  Physical Activity and Arthritis (pdf) December 2011

Arthritis Can Be a Real Pain in the Joint (pdf)  January 2009

Preventing Osteoporotic Fractures (pdf) October 2005

Controlling Arthritis Morbidity - A Joint Effort (pdf) August 2004

Arthritis Swelling Among Oregonians (pdf) June 2001



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