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North Carolinian adults are healthy, physically active and able to manage their arthritis.

Percent of NC adults diagnosed with arthritis who report being counseled by a physician or other health professional to be physically active or exercise to help manage their arthritis or joint symptoms (OM2)


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Data Description & Source

BRFSS 2019 data asked the following of those with a diagnosis of arthritis: Has a doctor or other health professional ever suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?*

There are disparities across different demographic groups and with correlated health conditions available here:

Interestingly, a higher percentage of women with arthritis are counseled to be physically active by a physician than men with arthitis. 

Note: This was included in the 2022 BRFSS Questionnaire, and results are expected in Sept 2023. 


Story Behind the Curve

Successes: What is Helping?

The CDC Arthritis Grant focuses on ways for health care providers to counsel and refer patients to increase physical activity (PA), including participation in AAEBIs and walking. This is done by embedding health and wellness resource coaching protocols into outreach efforts and AAEBIs implementation; identifying and facilitating regional meetings; developing partnerships with new health care providers, hospital systems, health plans, and community-based organizations in order to connect to the referral pathway and the website; and expanding the presence of and referral to AAEBIs with physical therapists and NC Physical Therapy Association and other health care provider audiences.

Challenges: What is hurting?

Health coaching is effective but is a new approach to Arthritis--it is an individual-based process that needs to be incorporated into larger systems for increased impact.

There is interest in AAEBIs, but agency and community capacity to provide them consistently and sustainably is an ongoing challenge. Health care providers are interested in evidence-based programs, but are not always aware of them or how to refer their patients. A baseline was determined through 2019 BRFSS data.

Data Description

This is a required CDC Grant Outcome. 

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