In the first year of the BRFSS, only 15 states participated; in recent years, all states have taken part and were joined by some of the territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam). The questions, and thus the risks monitored, varied somewhat over the years, but generally included 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. Over the years, the number of people interviewed has increased: in 2009, over 400,000 were interviewed. According to the CDC, it is the largest telephone health survey in the world. Data and documentation for the BRFSS are available from the CDC site, and the CDC also provides tools for exploring particular BRFSS topics - such as BRFSS Maps and the Web-Enabled Analysis Tool (WEAT).
United States Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
In-country survey series
1984 - present