A national online survey of arthritis sufferers conducted by Fort Myers, FL-based supplement manufacturer Flexcin International suggests that women feel they receive less support than their spouses and that co-workers offer more support than family.
The survey, conducted in April, received responses from 1,350 patients with osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or other joint-related pain, illness or disability. The findings were announced in May, in conjunction with 2011 National Arthritis Awareness Month.
Highlighted results include:
- In households where only one spouse has a form of arthritis, 78.3% of women feel they receive little or no support; 65.6% of men said they are satisfied with support.
- More than half of respondents still working (56.3%) said they feel co-workers offer a higher level of support and overall awareness than family members.
- 67.4% of respondents said other members of the household are never aware of their arthritis or just sometimes.
- 64.4% of respondents said others in the household never take an interest in their daily issues with arthritis, or just every now and then.
- More than half of respondents (58.4%) said their arthritis hurts most when cleaning and doing household chores.