Rheumatology International

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 29–38

Prevalence and correlates of inflammatory arthritis in Germany: data from the First National Health Survey

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00296-006-0153-0

Cite this article as:
Schneider, S., Schmitt, G. & Richter, W. Rheumatol Int (2006) 27: 29. doi:10.1007/s00296-006-0153-0


The aim of this paper is to generate data on the prevalence of inflammatory arthritis in different subgroups of the population and to identify correlates on the basis of population-based cross-sectional data: the “First National Health Survey of the Federal Republic of Germany”. This Survey investigated the prevalence of inflammatory arthritis, comorbidity and health-relevant behaviors on the basis of interviews with physicians and medical evaluations conducted in the period from October 1997 to March 1999. The study was based on a net sample comprising 6,461 subjects aged 18–79. Our data demonstrate an overall prevalence of 3.4% for inflammatory arthritis. The prevalence of inflammatory arthritis is significantly higher in women, the over-50, lower-income groups, and habitual smokers. Patients with inflammatory arthritis have a higher rate of numerous comorbidities such as osteoporosis, thyroid disease, chronic bronchial disease, hypertension, and elevated blood lipids versus healthy reference groups.


Inflammatory arthritisSurveyEpidemiologic determinantsCorrelatesPrevalence

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research DepartmentOrthopädische Universitätsklinik HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany