'I can’t open that': how packaging is a problem for people with arthritis

People with sore hands or arthritis frequently have to fight to open containers of food and drink, a survey shows.

More than 400 people, recruited mainly from Arthritis Australia's Facebook page, took part in the survey about the ease of opening packets.

More than 60% of respondents (252) had arthritis and 17% reported regular hand pain or stiffness.

Overall, 44% said they had trouble daily opening food and drink packaging. Among people with arthritis it was a problem for 60%.

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