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Joint symptoms due to osteo/degenerative arthritis

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For sample adults who had "pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint" in the past 12 months (JNTYR), JNTOSTEOARTH reports responses to the question, "Did a doctor ever tell you that any of the following conditions were responsible for your joint symptoms: Osteo- or degenerative arthritis?"

The Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia states that osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder. According to this source, "The disease causes the cushioning [cartilage] between the bone joints to wear away, leading to pain and stiffness."

Related Variables 

In 1999, interviewers asked whether a doctor had diagnosed other conditions as responsible for joint problems. The other variables in this series are the following:

  • JNTGOUT (Joint symptoms due to gout)
  • JNTOTHARTH (Joint symptoms due to other arthritis)


This variable is only available in 1999.


  • 1999: Sample adults age 18+ with pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint in the past 12 months.


  • 1999