This study examines the prevalence of self-reported arthritis and arthritis symptoms and their relationship to functional limitations in elders from Latin America and the Caribbean and in Mexican Americans from the southwestern United States. This study includes 8,122 elderly aged 60 and older from seven Latin America and Caribbean countries and 2,580 noninstitutionalized Mexican Americans aged 65 or older residing in the southwestern United States. The estimated prevalence of self-reported arthritis ranged from 23.8% in Mexico City to 55.6% in Havana. The prevalence of self-reported pain among arthritic subjects across all countries ranged from 30.7% in older Mexican Americans to 83.7% in Santiago. Arthritis was independently associated with any Activities of Daily Living and any Instrumental Activities of Daily Living limitation across the eight countries after controlling for relevant factors. Self-reported arthritis and arthritis symptoms are highly prevalent among elders from Latin America and the Caribbean and older Mexican Americans and is a significant cause of disability in all studied populations.
- Latin America
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Life-span and Life-course Studies