Health-related quality of life in adults reporting arthritis: analysis from the National Health Measurement Study
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. We assess the generic health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) among a nationally representative sample of US adults with and without self-reported arthritis.
The NHMS, a cross-sectional survey of 3,844 adults (35–89 years) administered EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D), Health Utilities Index Mark 2 (HUI2) and 3 (HUI3), SF-36v2™, Quality of Well-being Scale self-administered form (QWB-SA), and the Health and Activities Limitations index (HALex) to each respondent via a telephone interview. Weighted multiple linear regression was used to generate age-gender-arthritis-stratified unadjusted HRQOL means and means adjusted for sociodemographic, socioeconomic covariates and comorbidities by arthritis–age category.
The estimated population prevalence of self-reported arthritis was 31%. People with arthritis were more likely to be woman, older, of lower socioeconomic status, and had more self-reported comorbidities than were those not reporting arthritis. Adults with arthritis had lower HRQOL on six different indexes compared with adults without arthritis, with overall differences ranging from 0.03 (QWB-SA, age-group 65–74) to 0.17 (HUI3, age-group 35–44; all P-value < .05).
Arthritis in adults is associated with poorer HRQOL. We provide age-related reference values for six generic HRQOL measures in people with arthritis.
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- 1. Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, 1000 Veteran Avenue, Rm 32-59 Rehabilitation Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA
- 3. Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA
- 4. Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
- 5. Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
- 2. Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 6. Department Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA