BRFSS 2003 Survey Data and Documentation

2003 Survey Data Information

2003 BRFSS Overview pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]
Provides information on the background, design, data collection and processing, statistical, and analytical issues.

2003 BRFSS Codebook pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]
Codebook for the file showing variable name, location, and frequency of values for all reporting areas combined.

Calculated Variables in Data Files pdf icon[PDF – 266 KB]

2003 Summary Data Quality Report pdf icon[PDF – 1.56 MB]

Comparability of Data pdf icon[PDF – 51 KB]
Comparability of data across reporting areas.

BRFSS Modules Used by State
BRFSS Modules Used by Category

Arranged by state or by category for the combined landline and cell phone data set.

Summary Matrix of Calculated Variables (CV) in the 2003 Data File pdf icon[PDF – 49 KB]

Data Files

There are 264,684 records for 2003. More information on participation is available in the States Conducting Surveillance by Year table. The data files are provided in ASCII, dBase, and SAS Transport formats. The July 16 update removed 1662 records for Hawaii because of concerns about data collection procedures, and the July 22 update corrected the _FRTINDX and _FV5SRV variables. The October 8 update corrected miscoded race values in four months of data from Illinois. SMART BRFSS and BRFSS GIS Maps data and documentation are also available for this data year.

2003 BRFSS Data (ASCII) [ZIP – 27 MB]
Data Updated October 8, 2004
This file is in ASCII format. It has a fixed record length of 950 positions.

Variable Layout pdf icon[PDF – 28 KB]
Format information on variable name by column position.

2003 BRFSS Data (SAS Transport Format) [ZIP – 43 MB]
Data Updated October 8, 2004
This file was exported from SAS V8.2 in the XPT transport format. This file contains 294 variables. This format can be imported into SPSS or STATA. Please note: some of the variable labels get truncated in the process of converting to the XPT format so they may be slightly different from what is on the SASOUT03.SAS program.

SAS Resources

The following files are included for use with SAS software developed by SAS Institute, Inc. The SAS files are programs that can be read using any text editor. Save SAS files as plain text files. sas icon[SAS – 120 KB]
SAS for Windows program used to generate the 2003 format library.

format03 [SAS7BCAT – 840 KB]
Format library used with the 2003 BRFSS SAS Data File. sas icon[SAS – 27 KB]
SAS for Windows program to convert the ASCII file into a SAS dataset. sas icon[SAS – 3 KB]
SAS for Windows program to convert the XPT (SAS Transport) file into a SAS dataset.

formas03.sassas icon
SAS for Windows format assignment statements.