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Ever told had arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/gout/lupus/fibromyalgia

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ARTHGLUPEV provides responses by sample adults 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?"


All of the conditions mentioned in this question are types of arthritis.


Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the body's immune system activity, leading to chronic pain and loss of function. Gout is a painful condition attacking the small joints, such as the big toe, and can usually be controlled by medication and changes in diet. Lupus is a chronic rheumatic disease which causes inflammation that may affect many parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, skin, joints, kidneys, and nervous system. Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related condition characterized by generalized muscular pain and fatigue. The most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is often simply referred to as arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage covering the ends of bones in the joints degenerates, causing pain and loss of movement.

The Field Representative's Manual for 2002 forward defined the term "arthritis," as "an inflammation of one or more joints of the body, usually producing pain, redness, and stiffness." This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.

Follow-up Questions and Related Variables

In 2007, respondents who had an affirmative answer in ARTHGLUPEV (Sample adult ever told had arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/gout/lupus/fibromyalgia) were asked the follow-up question, "Which of these were you told you had?"


Possible responses included:

The variable ARTHRITEV (Ever told arthritis) is also available for sample children in 1997 forward, as well as all sample adults in 2001.


Questionnaire design changes introduced in 2019 limit comparability with earlier years. The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2002-2018: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 2019-2022: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2002-2022