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ARTHLIMIT
Limited in activities due to arthritis

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Description

For sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia (ARTHGLUPEV) or who had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint during the past 30 days (JNTMO), ARTHLIMIT indicates whether they were "now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms."

The Field Representative's Manual for 2001 forward defined arthritis as "an inflammation of one or more joints of the body, usually producing pain, redness, and stiffness."

Related Variables 

The NHIS Survey Description for 2002 noted that the question for ARTHLIMIT was a "new core question" on joint symptoms and arthritis. Several other questions on arthritis were fielded periodically, including inquiries in 2002, 2003, and 2006 for:

ARTHCLASS (Ever take class to help arthritis)
ARTHEXERCISE (Ever told to exercise to help arthritis)
ARTHWEIGHT (Ever told to lose weight to help arthritis)
ARTHWORK (Limited in work due to arthritis)

Comparability

ARTHLIMIT is completely comparable over time.

Universe

  • 2002-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia or who had pain, aching, or stiffness around a joint in the past 30 days.

Availability

  • 2002-2018

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