New research - Arthritis hinders everyday life

Arthritis is the second leading cause of disability in Australia with many people living with arthritis so severely disabled they cannot engage in basic everyday activities, new UNSW research has found.

The research, released on World Arthritis Day this Sunday, 12 October, was conducted by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) for Arthritis Australia.

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in Australia and the most prevalent long-term health condition, affecting three million people of all ages or about 15 per cent of the population.

The nation-wide study examined the lived experience of 819 Australians with arthritis and related conditions.

Nearly all participants (95 per cent) reported arthritis limited their ability to manage daily activities with one third being unable to manage their home or garden, one in five unable to undertake domestic duties and five per cent requiring assistance with basic personal care, such as showering and dressing.

To find out more about the research read the Arthritis Australia media release, the execitive summary or the full report.