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BRFSS Question Search
Click here to search for BRFSS questions asked in any year. Users can search by year, section title, module, variable name, or keyword.


2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005


Risk Factor
2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

Chronic Disease
2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

Preventive Health
2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

2010 Disability and Health in SC
2009 Disability and Health in SC

What is BRFSS:                                                                                                
Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System is the world's largest random telephone survey of non-institutionalized population aged 18 or older that is used to track health risks in the United States. In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with selected states, initiated a telephone based behavioral risk factor surveillance system to monitor health risk behaviors. As of 1993, participation in the BRFSS has expanded to include all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. South Carolina began administering BRFSS since 1984. The basic philosophy is to collect data on actual behaviors, rather than on attitudes or knowledge, that would be especially useful for planning, initiating, supporting, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

The BRFSS questionnaire has three components. The core questions consisting of the (fixed core, rotating core and the emerging core), optional modules and state added questions. The core questions have to be asked by all the state health departments without any modification. States may use optional modules if they wish with or without modifying the questions. In addition the State may also include questions addressing local priorities.

Select a year from the menu to view the BRFSS Questionnaire.

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Topics on the BRFSS Questionnaire:
Here is a general list of topics that are covered in the annual BRFSS questionnaires.The topics vary from year to year.

  Health status, including general, physical, and mental heath, as well as activity lost because of health conditions.

  Access to health care, as measured by having health insurance, being able to see a doctor because of cost, and time since last routine checkup.

  Awareness of selected medical conditions: hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

  Nutrition and weight control, including eating of fruits and vegetables and experiencing hunger.

  Injury control, including use of seatbelts by respondents and children in their household.

  Tobacco use and Alcohol consumption.

  Women's health concerns, including screening for breast and cervical cancer, pregnancy, and prevalence of hysterectomy.

  Use of other preventive services, such as Immunization for influenza and pneumonia, screening for colorectal cancer, and testing for HIV infection.

  Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding sexually transmitted diseases, particularly AIDS.

  Social and demographic characteristics, including gender, age, race/ethnicity, marital status, education attainment, employment, household income, weight and height.

How the data are used :                                                                                    Back to top

South Carolina has used the BRFSS system to:

  Document the need for and monitor the progress of prevention programs, including those targeting tobacco use, breast and cervical cancer, injury prevention, cardiovascular disease, and populations with disparate disease (rural, minority).

  Identify the prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle as a significant risk factor in the state and develop programs within counties to encourage fitness activities through environmental and policy changes at the community level.

  Strengthen and promote communication and collaboration among other agencies and organizations to support community efforts to improve health.

  Assess the quality of life of South Carolina residents and determine the distribution of these indicators across subgroups in the population.

  Provide data for the development of educational and environmental policy change efforts.

If you need BRFSS data that is not available on this site, please fill out the Data Request Form and email or fax to Jennifer Baker, BRFSS Coordinator.

For questions and comments on this site please contact
Jennifer Baker at
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