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BRFSS Arthritis Questions 1996–2010

(An overview of BRFSS arthritis question changes from 1996 on is available.)


2010 BRFSS (Single Question Arthritis Burden Module) - Special Data Collection using single question*

  1. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?

*We are planning to do a special BRFSS data collection in 2010 by adding a single case definition question Arthritis Burden Optional Module to the 2010 BRFSS . This is the same question that is on the BRFSS core in odd numbered years. By identifying those with arthritis on the 2010 BRFSS survey it will be possible to examine the prevalence of falls, sleep, emotional support and life satisfaction, and use of clinical preventive services (cancer screening, flu & pneumonia vaccination) among adults with arthritis.

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2009 BRFSS Core (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?
  2. Arthritis can cause symptoms like pain, aching, or stiffness in and around a joint. Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?
  3. In this next question we are referring to work for pay. Do arthritis or joint symptoms now affect whether you work, the type of work you do, or the amount of work you do?
  4. During the past 30 days, to what extent has your arthritis or joint symptoms interfered with your normal social activities, such as going shopping, to the movies, or to religious or social gatherings? (READ 1-3)
    1. A lot;
    2. A little or;
    3. Not at all.
  5. Please think about the past 30 days, keeping in mind all of your joint pain or aching and whether or not you have taken medication. DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, how bad was your joint pain ON AVERAGE? Please answer on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is no pain or aching and 10 is pain or aching as bad as it can be.

2009 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Management Questions)

  1. Thinking about your arthritis or joint symptoms, which of the following best describes you TODAY?
    (Read responses 1- 4)
    1. I can do everything I would like to do;
    2. I can do most things I would like to do;
    3. I can do some things I would like to do;
    4. I can do hardly anything I would like to do.
  2. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested losing weight to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  3. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER taken an educational course or class to teach you how to manage problems related to your arthritis or joint symptoms?

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2008 No Arthritis Questions Proposed

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2007 BRFSS Core (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. The next questions refer to your joints. Please do NOT include the back or neck. DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, have you had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?
  2. Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
  3. Have you EVER seen a doctor or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?
  5. Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?

2007 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Management Questions)

  1. Thinking about your arthritis or joint symptoms, which of the following best describes you TODAY?
    (Read responses 1- 4)
    1. I can do everything I would like to do;
    2. I can do most things I would like to do;
    3. I can do some things I would like to do;
    4. I can do hardly anything I would like to do.
  2. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested losing weight to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  3. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER taken an educational course or class to teach you how to manage problems related to your arthritis or joint symptoms?

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2006 No Arthritis Questions Available

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2005 BRFSS Core (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. The next questions refer to your joints. Please do NOT include the back or neck. DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, have you had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?
  2. Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
  3. Have you EVER seen a doctor or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?
  5. Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?

2005 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Management Questions)

  1. Thinking about your arthritis or joint symptoms, which of the following best describes you TODAY?
    (Read responses 1- 4)
    1. I can do everything I would like to do;
    2. I can do most things I would like to do;
    3. I can do some things I would like to do;
    4. I can do hardly anything I would like to do.
  2. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested losing weight to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  3. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER taken an educational course or class to teach you how to manage problems related to your arthritis or joint symptoms?

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2004 No Arthritis Questions Available

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2003 BRFSS Core (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. The next questions refer to your joints. Please do NOT include the back or neck. DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, have you had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?
  2. Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
  3. Have you EVER seen a doctor or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?
  5. Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?
  6. (IF AGE IS BETWEEN 18-64) In this next question we are referring to work for pay. Do arthritis or joint symptoms now affect whether you work, the type of work you do, or the amount of work you do?

2003 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Management Questions)

  1. Thinking about your arthritis or joint symptoms, which of the following best describes you TODAY?
    (Read responses 1- 4)
    1. I can do everything I would like to do;
    2. I can do most things I would like to do;
    3. I can do some things I would like to do;
    4. I can do hardly anything I would like to do.
  2. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested losing weight to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  3. Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER taken an educational course or class to teach you how to manage problems related to your arthritis or joint symptoms?

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2002 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. The next questions refer to your joints. Please do NOT include the back or neck. DURING THE PAST 30 DAYS, have you had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?
  2. Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
  3. Have you EVER seen a doctor or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  4. Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?
  5. Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?
  6. (IF AGE IS BETWEEN 18-64) In this next question we are referring to work for pay. Do arthritis or joint symptoms now affect whether you work, the type of work you do, or the amount of work you do?

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2001 BRFSS Core (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. During the past 12 months, have you had pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint?
  2. Were these symptoms present on most days for at least one month?
  3. Are you now limited in any way in any activities because of joint symptoms?
  4. Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have arthritis?
  5. Have you EVER seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  6. Are you currently being treated by a doctor for arthritis?

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1996–2000 BRFSS Optional Module (Arthritis Burden Questions)

  1. During the past 12 months, have you had pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint?
  2. Were these symptoms present on most days for at least one month?
  3. Are you now limited in any way in any activities because of joint symptoms?
  4. Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have arthritis?
  5. What type of arthritis did the doctor say you have?
  6. Are you currently being treated by a doctor for arthritis?

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