Technical Information and Data
BRFSS POLICY MEMO 97.4
Preliminary Release of the CD-ROM Distribution Policy
In May 1997 a preliminary version of the CD-ROM containing BRFSS data
files from 1984-1995 will be released. This preliminary version is being
released now because of strong interest in making BRFSS data to users in a
timely manner, and the lack of available resources within the Behavioral
Surveillance Branch (BSB) to finish documentation on the CD-ROM for all
years. BSB is currently working on another CD-ROM that will be made
available to the general public.
The CD-ROM will provide two basic functions for users. First, it will
facilitate simple analyses of small data sets (e.g., single states). Second,
it will provide experienced researchers with data files for use with other
software packages such as SAS or SPSS. The CD-ROM is designed for use by
experienced researchers, and therefore, distribution will be limited to
state health departments, academic institutions, and other organizations
with strong research support.
Individuals requesting the CD-ROM will need to complete a request form
which can be obtained by calling the Behavioral Surveillance Branch main
number (770-488-5292). Incomplete request forms will not be processed.
Requests for data from an individual state will be referred to the
respective state BRFSS coordinator. Individuals who have a history of
working with BRFSS data will be given priority in the distribution process.
Complete instructions on how to access data are included in the CD-ROM
electronic files. A written copy of these instructions is included in the
CD-ROM insert. The Behavioral Surveillance Branch will not provide any
direct technical, analytical, or data management support to users. However,
users can ask questions and provide feedback through the comment form on the
BRFSS web site.