The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based computer-assisted telephone interviewing effort conducted in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Questions are constructed to determine the behaviors of individuals that will affect their risk of developing chronic diseases that may lead to premature mortality and morbidity. The data collected helps to identify high risk populations that can be targeted for intervention programs. The data can also be used to track changes over time of prevalence of risk factor behaviors and related diseases, and can assess the impact of health promotion and prevention intervention programs. Currently, every state in the country, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories are members of this surveillance system. The Tennessee Department of Health has been participating in this system on a continuing basis since 1984, surveying adults from randomly selected households throughout the state every month.
These surveys were developed and conducted to monitor state-level prevalence of the major behavioral risks among adults associated with premature morbidity and mortality. Many of the behavioral risk factors surveyed in this system cannot be obtained from any other health statistics sources and this system serves as an important, timely, accurate, and often sole, resource in measuring and monitoring the personal health behaviors and lifestyle conditions that are related to good or poor health outcomes or situations.
Although the BRFSS system was originally designed to collect state-level data and make state-level inference, a number of states from the outset stratified their samples to allow them to estimate prevalence of behavioral risk factors for sub-regions within their respective states. Tennessee began this process of stratifying their samples for Health Department regional data beginning with the 2005 BRFSS data.
Adults Who Have a Body Mass Index Greater Than 30/Obese
Do You Think That Pain in the Jaw, Neck, or Back Are Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Do You Think That Feeling Weak, Lightheaded, or Faint is a Symptom of a Heart Attack
Do You Think Chest Pain Is a Symptom 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 in the Arms or Shoulders Are Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Do You Think Shortness of Breath Is a Symptom of a Heart Attack
For respondents aged 65 and older: Have you ever had a pneumonia shot
For respondents aged 65 and older: Have you had a flu shot during the past 12 months
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 is a Symptom of a Stroke
Do You Think Sudden Trouble Walking, Dizziness, or Loss of Balance Are Symptoms of a Stroke
Do You Think Sudden Severe Headache with No Known Cause is a Symptom of a Stroke
2011 and Later Years BRFSS SurveyAlcohol Consumption
For adult diabetics: A test for "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 "A one C"?
For respondents aged 65 and older: A pneumonia shot or pneumococcal vaccine is usually given
only once or twice in a person's lifetime and is different from the flu shot.
Have you ever had a pneumonia shot?