Now Available: 2013 BRFSS Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Population Health is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Using both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of non-institutionalized adults aged 18 years and older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data--including racial- and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS--provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks. The BRFSS is the largest ongoing telephone-based surveillance system in the world, with more than 491,000 interviews conducted in 2013.
The 2013 BRFSS data and documentation files are available here: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/