Finally, the BRFSS
allows an important test of data validity.
Data were weighted, using intercensal estimates, to the sex, racial, ethnic, and age distribution of each state's adult population, and were age-standardized to the 1999 BRFSS
questions are included on safety belt use, smoking status, cholesterol screening and awareness, alcohol use, blood pressure screening and treatment, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and preventive health practices, among others.
is a CDC-sponsored, statewide telephone survey conducted annually to collect information on health outcomes and behaviors.
Prior to 2007, the only data available for children with asthma in West Virginia was the BRFSS
Child Prevalence Module.
personnel were trained in two 1hour training sessions on the use of the outbreak instrument and conducted pilot testing of the questionnaire for appropriate wording and skip patterns.
We analyzed data from the 2000 BRFSS
, a cross sectional telephone survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized adult population over the age of 18 years.
In the BRFSS
, the presence of diabetes was determined with a single question, which asked participants to report whether a physician had ever diagnosed them with diabetes.
It is important that the BRFSS
is used and the findings communicated to alert communities and health professionals of improvements or continued problems in the areas that effect health outcomes.
will help us to develop a comprehensive picture of COPD statewide, countywide, and ultimately on a national basis," says Miriam O'Day, senior director of Public Policy at the COPD Foundation.
The concise nature of the BRFSS
Social Context Module's single-question format for food and housing security makes it possible to incorporate these questions into large health surveys so that social determinants can be monitored at the state and national levels and populations at risk can be identified.
The Boston BRFSS
is conducted independently of the CDC, but follows the national BRFSS