The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Dashboard helps patients and other stakeholders understand the facts about the disease and the gaps in the delivery of RA care and treatment in the United States.

United States of America

General health information

Total Population

Life expectancy men

Life expectancy women

324.4 million1

75.1 years2

80.5 years2

Annual health
expenditure

Obesity (% of population)

Smokers (% of population)

$4.1 trillion3

31.9%4

12.9%5

Arthritis in the United States

Total people living
with Arthritis

Women

Men

Frequency (per 1,000 persons per year)

Estimated people living
with Arthritis in 2040

Arthritis cost to society (health care costs and loss to economy)

58.5 million6

13.8 million7

10.6 million7

2377

78.4 million7
(adults aged 18+)

304 billion8

Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Standardized model
of care

Number of rheumatologists
per 75,000 population

Time to RA diagnosis after experiencing first symptoms

RA patient time wait time for first rheumatologist visit

yes

5,595
(as of 2015)14

40.5 months15

16.3 months15

RA in the United States

Total people living with RA

Women

Men

Frequency (per 1,000 persons per year)

Estimated people living with RA in 2040

RA cost to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

1.5 million9

1.13 million10

375,00010

0.7111

2 million12

$46 billion13

Barriers to virtual care

Lack of digital skills

Access to internet

Cost of Electronics

Language

Policies/procedures that govern telehealth

1 United States Census Bureau. The Older Population in the United States: 2019. 
https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2019/demo/age-and-sex/2019-older-population.html

2 National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). Provisional Life Expectancy Estimates for January through June, 2020.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/VSRR10-508.pdf

3 Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. National Health Expenditure Fact Sheet (2020). 
https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet

4 United Health Foundation. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020. Obesity. 
https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Obesity/state/ALL

5 IBIS World. Percentage of Smokers. Data sourced from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
https://www.ibisworld.com/us/bed/percentage-of-smokers/2342/

6 Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis Data and Statistics. National Statistics. 
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/national-statistics.html#:~:text=About%201%20in%204%20US,people%20have%20doctor%2Ddiagnosed%20arthritis.

7 Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis Data and Statistics. National Statistics. 
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/national-statistics.html

8 Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis By The Numbers (2013 total medical costs and earning losses due to arthritis). 
https://www.arthritis.org/getmedia/e1256607-fa87-4593-aa8a-8db4f291072a/2019-abtn-final-march-2019.pdf

9 Healthline. Rheumatoid Arthritis by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You. 
https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/facts-statistics-infographic#Prevalence

11 Direct data not available. Projection based on 1.5M out of 58.5M living with RA.and with 78.4M people living with arthritis in 2040, RA population should be approx. 2M.

12 The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Costs (BMUS), 4th edition. 
https://www.boneandjointburden.org/fourth-edition/iiib21/rheumatoid-arthritis

13 American College of Rheumatology. 2021 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. 
https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/2021-ACR-Guideline-for-Treatment-Rheumatoid-Arthritis-Early-View.pdf

14 Medscape. Rheumatologist Shortage Threatens Arthritis Care. 
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/943438

15 National Center for Biotechnology Information. Lag time between onset of symptoms and diagnosis in Venezuelan patients with rheumatoid arthritis. 
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20066425/#:~:text=Mean%20lag%20time%20between%20symptom,16.3%20and%2023.9%20months%2C%20respectively.

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