Arthritis affects diverse populations, including:
2.9 million Hispanic adults
4.6 million Non-Hispanic Blacks
667,000 Asian/Pacific Islanders
280,000 American Indians/Alaska Natives report doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
The disabling effects of arthritis impact racial/ethnic minorities more frequently. Even though they have the same or lower prevalence of arthritis, compared to non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics had worse arthritis impact including:
- Activity limitation (Hispanic 43.2%; Blacks 44.6%)
- Work limitation (Hispanic 39.7%; Blacks 41.6%)
- Severe Pain (Hispanic 36.4%; Blacks 38.3%
In addition, Blacks had a 39% lower rate of total knee replacement than Whites in 2006. [MMWR 2009]
Blacks are more likely than whites to have severe knee OA, but less likely to have surgery. Two new studies shed light on some of the differences in osteoarthritis (OA) between African-Americans and whites. They add to an ongoing effort by researchers to explore factors, including race, that may influence how the disease progresses and how to develop more targeted therapies. Read more
AF Demographic Overview
Understanding the demographic make-up of those we serve is crucial to the Arthritis Foundation’s planning and programming initiatives. For AF Regional Diversity Statistics please click on the following links.