Arthritis, spinal disorders and osteoporosis (50+ years)

Arthritis prevalence

Table 24 presents the self-reported prevalence of diagnosed arthritis. There were no statistically significant differences between Māori and non-Māori.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 24: Arthritis prevalence, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Arthritis (self-reported) in past 12 months, 2006/07, percent 29.9
(20.8–39.0)
21.6
(19.0–24.2)
42.5
(28.9–56.0)
34.2
(30.7–37.8)
24.8
(18.7–30.9)
24.9
(22.1–27.7)
42.2
(34.2–50.2)
49.6
(46.5–52.6)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

Spinal disorder prevalence

There were also no statistically significant differences between Māori and non-Māori in the self-reported prevalence of a diagnosed spinal disorder (Table 25).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 25: Spinal disorder prevalence, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
Indicator Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
  Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Spinal disorders (self-reported) in past 12 months, 2006/07, percent 38.3
(27.9–48.6)
32.0
(28.3–35.7)
43.4
(31.9–55.0)
36.2
(32.2–40.3)
28.4
(21.6–35.3)
33.2
(30.2–36.2)
26.6
(17.7–35.6)
36.0
(32.8–39.1)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

Osteoporosis prevalence

Table 26 shows the self-reported prevalence of diagnosed osteoporosis. The only statistically significant difference was in the 65+ years age group, where the prevalence was 4.5 times higher for Māori males than for non-Māori males (RR 4.65, CI 1.11–8.20).

How to interpret results – tables

Table 26: Osteoporosis prevalence, Māori and non-Māori, by gender, 2006/07
  Males Females
  50–64 years 65+ years 50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Maori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Osteoporosis (self-reported) in past 12 months, 2006/07, percent 0.9
(0.2–2.8)
1.0
(0.4–2.1)
12.4
(5.9–22.3)
2.7
(1.6–4.2)
5.1
(2.8–8.4)
7.0
(5.2–8.9)
10.1
(4.5–18.9)
18.4
(15.8–20.9)

Source: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
These estimates should be treated with caution as there were very low counts of respondents with osteoporosis in the survey.

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