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2001 BRFSS ANNUAL SURVEY RESULTS

2001 BRFSS TOPICS                                                                                                

CDC CORE SECTIONS:

 HEALTH STATUS  HEALTH CARE ACCESS
 EXERCISE  HYPERTENSION AWARENESS
 CHOLESTEROL AWARENESS  ASTHMA
 DIABETES  ARTHRITIS
 IMMUNIZATION  TOBACCO USE
 ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION  FIREARMS
 HIV/AIDS  DISABILITY
 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
 COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING  


CDC OPTIONAL MODULES:    
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DIABETES ORAL HEALTH
HEART ATTACK AND STROKE TOBACCO INDICATORS
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE  

STATE ADDED QUESTIONS:                                                                                       Back to topics

HEALTH CARE ACCESS HYPERTENSION AWARENESS
IMMUNIZATION DISABILITY
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR CANCER

RISK FACTORS AND DERIVED VARIABLES                                                             Back to topics

HEALTH STATUS
Would you say that in general your health is :
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 was your mental health 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?

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?
During the past 12 months, was there any time that you did not have any health insurance or coverage?
Do yuou have one person you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?

STATE ADDED MODULE : HEALTH CARE ACCESS                                                 Back to topics
Was there a time during the last 12 months when you needed to see a doctor, but could not because of the cost?

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?

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 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, 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?
How effective do you think these treatments are helping persons with HIV to live longer?
How important do you think it is for people to know their HIV status by getting tested?
Have you ever been tested for HIV?
What was the main reason you had your test for HIV?
Where did you have the HIV test in?
In the past 12 months did a doctor,nurse or health professional talk 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?

STATE ADDED: IMMUNIZATION:                                                                                       Back to topics
Have you ever had a pneumonia vaccination?

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? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, car,   truck, or other motor vehicle.

DISABILITY:                                                                                                                          Back to topics
Are you limited in any way in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems?

STATE ADDED : DISABILITY                                                                                               Back to topics
Are you limited in the kind or amount of work you can do because of any impairment or health problem?
Do you now have any health problem that requires you to use special equipment, such as a cane, a wheelchair, a   special bed, or a special telephone?
What is the farthest distance you can walk with any special equipment or help from others?

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?

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?

OPTIONAL MODULE: 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?
What is the main reason you have not visited the dentist in the past year?
Do you have any kind of insurance coverage that pays for some or all of your routine dental care, including dental   insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or government plans such as Medicaid?

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?

STATE ADDED:SEXUAL BEHAVIOR                                                                             Back to topics
Was a condom used the last time you had sexual intercourse?
The last time you had sexual intercourse for what was the condom used ?
Some people use condoms to keep from getting infected with HIV through sexual activity. How effective do you   think a properly used condom is for this purpose?
How many new sex partners did you have during the past 12 months?

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

HYPERTENSION AWARENESS:                                                                                      Back to topics
Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have high blood pressure?

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 12 months, have you had pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint?
Were these symptoms present on most days for at least one month?
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 that you have arthritis?
Are you currently being treated by a doctor for arthritis?

RISK FACTORS:                                                                                                        Back to topics
Body Mass Index Grouping-Underweight, Recommended Range, Overweight and Obese
Overweight or Obese
Cholesterol check within the last five years
Smoking Status
Current Smoker
Worksites prohibit smoking in both public and work areas
Drinking alcohol in the past 30 days
Binge Drinking
Heavy Drinking
Moderate Physical Activity
Vigorous Physical Activity
Leisure Time Physical Activity
Physical Activity Recommendation Status
History of Any Cardiovascular Diseases (heart attack or coronary heart disease or stroke)

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