Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Survey


The Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which was initiated in 1984, is a federally funded telephone survey. On an annual basis approximately 6,400 randomly selected adult Arizonans are interviewed to collect data on lifestyle risk factors contributing to the leading causes of death and chronic diseases. This surveillance can be used to monitor the Healthy People 2020 objectives for smoking, overweight, high blood pressure, exercise, flu/pneumonia vaccination, cholesterol, seat belt use, fruit/vegetable consumption and other risk factors so that intervention priorities can be established and the long-term impact of health promotion programs can be monitored.

Since BRFSS is used nationwide, comparisons can be made to other states and the national average. Interactive Web pages on the CDC BRFSS site provide trend data, prevalence data, and comparative State maps, as well as risk trend data for selected metropolitan and micropolitan areas.

The Arizona BRFSS utilizes the services of ICF/Macro, a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) System for respondent interviewing. A core questionnaire provided by CDC consisting of approximately 75 questions may also include state-added questions or various standard modules. ICF/Macro provides monthly data files to the Arizona BRFSS Coordinator to review and edit for out-of-range values and errors. Corrections are made before the data are sent to CDC for final edit checks, weighting and tabulation. The annual data tables are sent to the Arizona BRFSS program and reports are prepared for distribution. Reports are published based upon Arizona's BRFSS data to provide timely and in depth analysis of chronic disease risk factors.

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