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Overview of BRFSS arthritis question changes 1996–2010

1996–2000 Same six questions used
2001 Question on type of arthritis dropped and replaced with “Have you EVER seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for these joint symptoms”?
2002 Essentially all of the questions change
2003 4 question (optional) Arthritis Management Module added
2005 Work for pay question dropped
2007 No further changes
2009 New questions are added (arthritis impact on work for pay, pain severity, and social participation)
2010 Single question added as an optional module “Have you EVER seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for these joint symptoms”? Depending on which states use the module it may allow analysis of arthritis and anxiety/depression, emotional support and life satisfaction, sleep, falls, veteren’ status, use of preventive services.

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