Session Type: ACR Poster Session C
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting 15.7 million adults. It frequently co-occurs with other chronic conditions (e.g., arthritis), particularly in middle age and older adults. Despite the considerable evidence that physical activity reduces symptoms and adverse effects of arthritis and depression, physical inactivity is highly prevalent among those with these conditions. The study purpose was to estimate the 2013 prevalence of: 1) arthritis among adults with self-reported depression; 2) physical inactivity among adults with depression by arthritis status.
Results: In 2013, 42.8% (95% CI=42.2-43.5; 18.5 million) of US adults with self-reported depression also had arthritis. Compared to adults with neither condition (25.9%; CI=25.6-26.3), adults with depression only (35.9%; CI=35.2-36.5), arthritis only (35.3%; CI=34.5-36.2), and both depression and arthritis (41.6%; CI=40.3-42.9) had significantly higher prevalence of physical inactivity (Figure).
Conclusion: Depression and arthritis frequently co-occur and the combination is associated with high prevalence of physical inactivity, a missed opportunity to engage in a proven non-pharmaceutical self-management strategy for both conditions. Through universal screening of patients with arthritis for depression, health care providers may identify a treatable barrier to increasing physical activity.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Hootman JM, Murphy L, Barbour KE, Boring M. Arthritis As a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity Among Adults with Depression – United States, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013 [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/arthritis-as-a-potential-barrier-to-physical-activity-among-adults-with-depression-united-states-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-2013/. Accessed November 28, 2020.
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