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Sum of medicines recommended by medical doctor for arthritis, past 12 months

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For persons who have ever had arthritis or rheumatism in the past 12 months and who are currently taking at least four prescribed medicines for their arthritis, ARTHRECSUM is a recoded variable that reports the number of prescribed medicines that the person is taking for his or her arthritis. ARTHRECSUM was constructed based on ARTHPRESNOW1, ARTHPRESNOW2, ARTHPRESNOW3, and ARTHPRESNOW4.

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  • 1969: Persons who had arthritis or rheumatism in the past 12 months.


  • 1969