Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/06/2013
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If they reported either gout or rheumatism they were then asked whether their condition was expected to last for six months or more. If they identified an arthritis condition, other than gout or rheumatism, they were asked whether they had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they have the condition.
Respondents who reported only gout or rheumatism, identified that their arthritis was not current or that they had not been told by a doctor or nurse that they had an arthritis condition were asked no further questions in this module.
Respondents who identified their gout, rheumatism or arthritis conditions as not current or long-term did not have their condition retained in the survey as they did not have the appropriate criteria of either being diagnosed (as it was not asked) or being a long-term condition (which is the only retained group for non-diagnosed conditions).
Respondents who answered yes to whether their arthritis was current and diagnosed were asked whether they had taken the following actions for their condition in the last 2 weeks:
More than one response was allowed.
Respondents who reported having current and diagnosed arthritis were then sequenced to the Actions module in which they were asked questions about whether and how many times they had seen a GP, specialist, etc. in the last 12 months for their arthritis.
Respondents were asked in a later module about all medications and health supplements they were taking, but not in relation to any specific condition. This differs from the 2007-08 NHS in which questions about medications taken for arthritis were asked within the arthritis module.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting this topic include.
Comparability with 2007-08
Estimates of the number of people with arthritis are considered to be comparable between 2007-08 and 2011-12. However, the following should be noted when making comparisons.
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