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South Carolina Arthritis Prevention and Control Program

The Burden of Arthritis in South Carolina Report

This report provides information about the prevalence of arthritis in South Carolina.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines people with arthritis as those who have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. 

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the nation and causes pain, suffering, and disability for many South Carolinians.  Understanding the prevalence of arthritis and risk factors for arthritis is essential for determining appropriate use of resources to prevent and manage arthritis. 

The burden is measured using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), to collect information about adults age 18 years of age and older.  The BRFSS data are used to obtain state-specific arthritis data on prevalence, quality of life, activity limitation, and risk factors.

2011 The Burden of Arthritis in South Carolina (pdf)