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United States Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2016


General Info
District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2016 - 12/2016
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, Analgesics, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Appetite loss, Assets, Asthma, Bladder cancer, Blood glucose, Body mass index, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, COPD, Cancers, Cannabis use disorders, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Cervix uteri cancer, Cholesterol, Chronic kidney diseases, Clinical breast exams, Colon and rectum cancers, Colonoscopy, Corpus uteri cancer, DTP vaccines, Dental care, Diabetes, Dietary sodium, Disability, Drug consumption, ENDS use, Edentulism, Education, Emergency care, Employment, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Falls, Family composition, Fatigue, Fruits and vegetables, Glaucoma, Glucose tests, Gout, HIV and AIDS, HPV, HPV vaccines, Health care access, Health care use, Health education, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Heart disease, Height, Hodgkin lymphoma, Hospitals, Hours worked, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, Immunization, Income, Influenza vaccines, Insulin, Internet, Ischemic heart disease, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Larynx cancer, Limited mobility, Liver cancer, Macular degeneration, Marital status, Medical equipment, Melanoma, Mental health symptoms, Military service, Mouth cancer, Obesity, Occult blood, Oesophagus cancer, Osteoarthritis, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Pap smears, Pharynx cancers, Physical activity, Pneumococcal vaccines, Pregnancy, Preventive interventions, Prostate cancer, Race, Rehabilitation, Rheumatoid arthritis, Screening mammography, Seat belts, Shingles vaccines, Skin cancers, Sleep, Smokeless tobacco use, Stomach cancer, Stroke, Sugar-sweetened beverages, Sun exposure, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Varicella, Vision loss, Weight