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United States Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2012


General Info
District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2012 - 12/2012
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Subnationally representative

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a system of telephone surveys that collect data about US residents regarding health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. The CDC started the BRFSS in 1984 in 15 states. BRFSS now collects data in all states as well as some territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam). The questions vary over the years but generally included the following topics: high blood pressure, alcohol and tobacco consumption, diet, exercise, home safety, seat belt use, health care use, screening for colorectal and breast cancers, and sexual behaviors. The focus is on actual behaviors, rather than knowledge or attitudes. BRFSS conducts over 400,000 interviews every year.

Alcohol use, Anemia, Asthma, Bladder cancer, Blood glucose, Body mass index, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, COPD, Cancers, Cervix uteri cancer, Chemotherapy, Childhood sexual violence, Chronic kidney diseases, Clinical breast exams, Colon and rectum cancers, Colonoscopy, Coping behavior, Corpus uteri cancer, Counseling, DTP vaccines, Dental care, Dental caries, Diabetes, Diet, Disability, Domestic violence, Edentulism, Education, Emergency care, Emergency preparedness, Employment, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Falls, Family composition, Family size, Fruits, Fruits and vegetables, Glaucoma, Glucose tests, HIV and AIDS, HPV vaccines, Health care access, Health care use, Health insurance, Health status, Height, Hours worked, Housing, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Income, Influenza vaccines, Injuries, Insulin, Intimate partner violence, Ischemic heart disease, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Larynx cancer, Lifestyle risk factors, Liver cancer, Macular degeneration, Marital status, Melanoma, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Military service, Mobility aids, Mouth cancer, Musculoskeletal diseases, Noncommunicable diseases, Occupational risk factors, Oesophagus cancer, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pain management, Pancreas cancer, Pap smears, Pharynx cancers, Physical activity, Pneumococcal vaccines, Poverty, Pregnancy, Race, Screening, Screening mammography, Seat belts, Self-treatment, Sense organ diseases, Sexual violence, Shingles vaccines, Skin cancers, Sleep, Smokeless tobacco use, Stroke, Suicide, Sun exposure, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Unintentional injuries, Vegetables, Vision loss, Weight, FFQ, Secondhand smoke