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2002 BRFSS ANNUAL SURVEY RESULTS

2002 BRFSS TOPICS                                                                                                

CDC CORE SECTIONS:



 HEALTH STATUS  HEALTH CARE ACCESS
 EXERCISE  FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
 FAMILY PLANNING  ASTHMA
 DIABETES  TOBACCO USE
 IMMUNIZATION  FIREARMS
 ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION  ORAL HEALTH
 HIV/AIDS PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
 USE OF SEAT BELTS WOMEN'S HEALTH
 COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING  


CDC OPTIONAL MODULES:    
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DIABETES HYPERTENSION AWARENESS
HEART ATTACK AND STROKE TOBACCO INDICATORS
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE WEIGHT CONTROL
CHILDHOOD ASTHMA CHOLESTEROL AWARENESS
ARTHRITIS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
HEALTHY DAYS

STATE LEVEL QUESTIONS: Back to topics

DOCTOR COST SENIORS
FLU SHOT ORAL HEALTH

RISK FACTORS AND DERIVED VARIABLES     Back to topics

HEALTH STATUS
Would you say that in general your health is excellent,very good,good fair or poor?

HEALTH CARE ACCESS                                                          Back to topics
Do you have any kind of health care coverage, including health insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or   government plans such as Medicare?
When you are sick or need advice about your health,to which one of the following places do you usually go?
Do you have one person you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?
Was there a time in the past 12 months when you needed medical care but you could not get it?
What is the main reason you could not get medical care?

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES                                                   Back to topics
How often do you drink fruit juices such as orange ,grapefruit or tomato?
Not counting juice,how often do you eat fruit?
How often do you eat green salad?
How often do you eat potatoes not including french fries,fried potatoes or potato chips?
How often do you eat carrots?
Not counting carrots,potatoes ,or salad ,how many servings of vegetables do you usually eat?

ASTHMA                                                                                    Back to topics
Have you ever been told by a doctor,nurse or health care provider that you have asthma?
Do you still have asthma?

DIABETES                                                                                Back to topics
Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?

FAMILY PLANNING                                                              Back to topics
Birth Control Use
Method of Birth Control
Reason for non-use

WEIGHT CONTROL                                                               Back to topics
Are you now trying to lose weight?
Are you now trying to keep your current weight ,that is to keep from gaining weight?
Are you eating either fewer calories or less fat to lose weight or keep from gaining weight?
Are you using physical activity or exercise to lose weight?
In the past 12 months,has a doctor,nurse or other health professional given you advice about your weight?

WOMENS HEALTH                                                                Back to topics
Have you ever had a mammogram?
How long has it been since you had your last mammogram?
Have you ever had a clinical breast exam?
How long has it been since you had your last breast exam?
Have you ever had a PAP smear?
How long has it been since you had your last PAP smear?
Have you had a hysterectomy?

OPTIONAL MODULE : DIABETES                                     Back to topics
How old were you when you were told you have diabetes?
Are you now taking insulin?
Are you now taking diabetes pills?
About how often do you check your blood for glucose or sugar? Include times when checked by a family   member or friend, but do not include times when checked by a health professional.
About how often do you check your blood for glucose or sugar? Include times when checked by a family  member ,friend, or health professional?.
About how often do you check your feet for any sores or irritations? Include times when checked by a family   member or friend, but do not include times when checked by a health professional
Have you had any sores or irritations on your feet that took more than four weeks to heal?
About how many times in the past 12 months have you seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for your   diabetes?
A test for hemoglobin "A one C" measures the average level of blood sugar over the past three months. About   how many times in the past 12 months has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional checked you for   hemoglobin "A one C"?
About how many times in the past 12 months has a health professional checked your feet for any sores or   irritations?
When was the last time you had an eye exam in which the pupils were dilated? This would have made you   temporarily sensitive to bright light.
Has a doctor ever told you that diabetes has affected your eyes or that you had retinopathy?
Have you ever taken a course or class in how to manage your diabetes yourself?

EXERCISE                                                                                     Back to topics
During the past month,other than your regular job did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf,   gardening, or walking for exercise?

TOBACCO USE                                                                             Back to topics
Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life?
Do you now smoke cigarettes everyday, some days, or not at all?
During the past 12 months, have you quit smoking for 1 day or longer?

HIV/AIDS                                                                                        Back to topics
A pregnant woman with HIV can get treatment to help reduce the chances that she will pass the virus to her   baby?
There are medical treatments available that are intended to help a person who is infected with HIV to live longer?
As far as you know ,have you ever been tested for HIV?
How important do you think it is for people to know their HIV status by getting tested?
Not including blood donations,in what month and year was your last HIV test?
What was the main reason you had your test for HIV?
Where did you have the HIV test in?
Please tell me if any of the situations apply to you?
In the past 12 months has a doctor nurse or other health professional talked to you about preventing sexually transmitted   diseases through condom use?

IMMUNIZATION                                                                         Back to topics
During the past 12 months, have you had a flu shot?
At what kind of place did you get your last flu shot?
Have you ever had a pneumonia shot?

USE OF SEAT BELTS                                                                  Back to topics
How often do you use seat belts when you drive or ride in a car?

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION                                                     Back to topics
During the past 30 days, how often have you had at least one drink of any alcoholic beverage?
On the days when you drank, about how many drinks did you drink on the average?
Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have 5 or more drinks on an occasion?

FIREARMS                                                                                   Back to topics
Are any firearms now kept in or around your home?
Are any of these firearms now loaded?
Are any of these loaded firearms also unlocked?

OPTIONAL MODULE :PHYSICAL ACTIVITY                      Back to topics
When you are at work, which of the following best describes what you do?
Now, thinking about the moderate physical activities you do in a usual week, do you do moderate activities for at   least 10 minutes at a time, such as brisk walking, bicycling, vacuuming, gardening, or anything else that causes small   increases in breathing or heart rate?
How many days per week do you do these moderate activities for at least 10 minutes at a time?
On days when you do moderate activities for at least 10 minutes at a time, how much total time per day do you   spend doing these activities?
Now thinking about the vigorous physical activities you do in a usual week, do you do vigorous activities for at   least 10 minutes at a time, such as running, aerobics, heavy yard work, or anything else that causes large increases   in breathing or heart rate?
How many days per week do you do these vigorous activities for at least 10 minutes at a time?
On days when you do vigorous activities for at least 10 minutes at a time, how much total time per day do you   spend doing these activities?

OPTIONAL MODULE: HEALTHY DAYS                             Back to topics
Now thinking about your physical health ,which includes physical illness and injury ,for how many days during the past 30   days was your physical health not good?
Now thinking about your mental health ,which includes stress,depression and problems with emotions,for how many days   during the past 30 days your mental health was not good?
During the past 30 days ,for about how many days did poor physical or mental health keep you from doing your usual   activities,such as self care work or recreation

OPTIONAL MODULE: CHILDHOOD ASTHMA                Back to topics
Earlier you said there were [C12Q06] children age 17 or younger living in your household.How many of these children have   ever been diagonised with Asthma?
Does this child/How many of these children still have asthma?

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING                                       Back to topics
Have you ever had a PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN test?
How long has it been since you had your last PSA test?
Have you ever had a digital rectal exam?
Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you had prostate cancer?
Has your father, brother, son, or grandfather ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or health professional that he had   prostate cancer?

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING                                Back to topics
Have you ever had a blood stool test using a home kit?
How long has it been since you had your last blood stool test using a home kit?
Sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy are exams in which a tube is inserted in the rectum to view the bowel for signs   of cancer or other health problems. Have you ever had either of these exams?
How long has it been since you had your last sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy?

ORAL HEALTH                                                                      Back to topics
How long has it been since you last visited a dentist or a dental clinic for any reason?
How many of your permanent teeth have been removed because of tooth decay or gum disease?
How long has it been since you had your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist?

OPTIONAL MODULE:HEART ATTACK AND STROKE          Back to topics
Do you think pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back are symptoms of a heart attack?
Do you think feeling weak, lightheaded, or faint are symptoms of a heart attack?
Do you think chest pain or discomfort are symptoms of a heart attack?
Do you think sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes is a symptom of a heart attack?
Do you think pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder are symptoms of a heart attack?
Do you think shortness of breath is a symptom of a heart attack?
Do you think sudden confusion or trouble speaking are symptoms of a stroke?
Do you think sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side, are symptoms of a   stroke?
Do you think sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes is a symptom of a stroke?
Do you think sudden chest pain or discomfort are symptoms of a stroke?
Do you think sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance are symptoms of a stroke?
Do you think severe headache with no known cause is a symptom of a stroke?
If you thought someone was having a heart attack or a stroke, what is the first thing you would do?

OPTIONAL MODULE: CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE       Back to topics
To lower your risk of developing heart disease or stroke, are you eating fewer high fat or high cholesterol foods?
To lower your risk of developing heart disease or stroke, are you eating more fruits and vegetables?
To lower your risk of developing heart disease or stroke, are you more physically active?
Within the past 12 months, has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional told you to eat fewer high fat or high   cholesterol foods?
Within the past 12 months, has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional told you to eat more fruits and   vegetables?
Within the past 12 months, has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional told you to be more physically   active?
Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you had a heart attack, also called a   myocardial infarction?
Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you had a Angina or coronary heart disease?
At what age did you have your first heart attack?
At what age did you have your first stroke?
After you left the hospital following your heeart attack/stroke did you go to any kind of outpatient rehabilitation?
Do you take aspirin daily or every other day?
Do you have a health problem or condition that makes taking aspirin unsafe for you?

Do you take Aspirin to relieve pain?
Do you take Aspirin to reduce the chance of a heart attack?
Do you take Aspirin to reduce the chance of a stroke?

OPTIONAL MODULE:TOBACCO INDICATORS             Back to topics
How old were you the first time you smoked a cigarette, even one or two puffs?
How old were you when you first started smoking cigarettes regularly?
About how long has it been since you last smoked cigarettes regularly?
In the past 12 months, have you seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional to get any kind of care for   yourself?
In the past 12 months, has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional advised you to quit smoking?
Which statement best describes the rules about smoking inside your home?
Worksites prohibit smoking in both public and work areas.
Which of the following best describes your place of work's official smoking policy for indoor public or common   areas, such as lobbies, rest rooms, and lunch rooms?
Which of the following best describes your place of work's official smoking policy for work areas?

OPTIONAL MODULE : HYPERTENSION AWARENSS  Back to topics
Are you currently taking medicine for your high blood pressure?

Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have high blood pressure?

OPTIONAL MODULE :CHOLESTEROL AWARENESS   Back to topics
Blood cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. Have you ever had your blood cholesterol checked?
Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that your blood cholesterol is high?
About how long has it been since you last had your blood cholesterol checked?

ARTHRITIS                                                                            Back to topics
During the past 30 days, have you had pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint?
Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
Are you now limited in any way in any activities because of joint symptoms?
Have you ever seen a doctor,nurse or health professional for these joint symptons?
Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis,rheumatoid   arthritis,gout,lupus or fibromyaglia?
Do arthritis or joint symptoms now affect whether you work,the type of work you do ,or the amount of work you do?

DOCTOR COST                                                           Back to topics
Was there a time during the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor, but could
not see because of the cost?

FLU COST                                                              Back to topics
Did you receive a flu shot this year between January and May?
Did you receive a flu shot last fall, or winter? (During Sep-Dec of 2001)
What is the main reason you didn’t get a flu shot during the past 12 months?
Have you ever had the Chicken Pox?

ORAL HEALTH                                                             Back to topics
Have you ever had a test or examination for oral or mouth Cancer in which the Doctor
or dentist pulls on your tongue, sometimes which gauze wrapped around it, and feels
under the tongue and inside the cheeks?

When did you have your most recent oral or Mouth cancer exam?
Who, that is what type of medical care person, examined you when you had your last
checkup for oral cancer?

Have you ever used or tried any smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco
or snuff?

Do you currently use chewing tobacco or snuff every day, some days or not at all?

SENIORS                                                             Back to topics
Sometimes people provide care or assistance to others who are elderly, ill or disabled.
During the past 30 days, did you provide any type of care or assistance to a friend or
relative who is 60 years or older?

Are you aware of a senior center in your community?
Have you ever participated in any activities provided by this senior center?
During the past 60 days how often did you have difficulty arranging for transportation
to get to places you want or need to go?

Are you limited in any activities because of physical, mental, memory or emotional
problems?

Because of any impairment or health problem, do you need someone to help with your
PERSONAL CARE needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing or getting around the house?

Who usually helps you with your personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing,
or getting around the house?

Because of any impairment or health problem, do you need someone to help in
handling your ROUTINE needs, such as everyday household chores, shopping or getting
around for other purposes?

RISK FACTORS:                                                                     Back to topics
Body Mass Index Grouping-Underweight, Recommended Range, Overweight and Obese
Overweight or Obese
Risk factor for lifetime Asthma prevelance
Risk factor for current Asthma prevelance
Risk factor for having had permenant teeth extracted
Risk Factor for respondents aged 65 or older that have had all permanent teeth extracted
Risk Factor for having visited a dentist, dental hygenist or dental clinic
Risk factor for respondents aged 65+ that had a flu shot in the past 12 months
Risk factor for respondents aged 65 or older that have ever had a pneumonia shot
Smoking Status
Current Smoker
Worksites prohibit smoking in both public and work areas
Drinking alcohol in the past 30 days
Binge Drinking
Heavy Drinking
Risk factor for drinking and driving
Risk factor for always seatbelt use
Leisure Time Physical Activity
History of Any Cardiovascular Diseases
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption per day
Female respondents aged 40 and older that have not had a mammogram within the past two years
Female respondents aged 18 and older, with intact cervix, that have not had a pap smear within the past three years
Male respondents aged 40 and older that have not had a Prostate-Specific Antigen test wtihin the past two years
Respondents aged 50 and older that have not had a blood stool test within the past two years
Respondents aged 50 and older that have not had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
Respondents less than 65 years old that have ever participated in high-risk behavior
Risk factor for having been counseled by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional within the past 12 months on   prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through condom use
Risk factor for living in home with loaded firearm
Risk factor for living in home with loaded and unlocked firearm



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