Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) Data Guide Chronic Conditions

Ever Had Arthritis

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked, “Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?” Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Ever Had Arthritis data available: 2016 and 2017.

Defined based on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation―United States, 2003. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006;55:477–80.

Currently Have Asthma

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents who reported ever having had asthma were asked, “Do you still have asthma?” Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Analyses assigned respondents who reported they had never been told they had asthma to No.

Currently Have Asthma data available: 2016 and 2017.

Defined based on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Self-reported asthma prevalence and control among adults―United States, 2001. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003;52:381–4.

Ever Had Cancer (excluding skin cancer)

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked, “Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional EVER told you that you had any other types of cancer?” This question followed a question that asked about skin cancer. Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Ever Had Cancer (excluding skin cancer) data available: 2016 and 2017.

Ever Had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked, “Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional EVER told you that you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis?” Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Ever Had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) data available: 2016 and 2017.

Defined based on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among adults―United States, 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012;61:938–43.

Ever Had Diabetes

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked, “Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?” Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No. Respondents who reported no diabetes, borderline diabetes or prediabetes, and females who reported having had diabetes only during pregnancy were defined as No.

Ever Had Diabetes data available: 2016 and 2017.

Defined based on

Communication with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Ever Had a Stroke

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents were asked, “Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional EVER told you that you had a stroke?” Responses were grouped into two categories: Yes and No.

Ever Had a Stroke data available: 2016 and 2017.

Related Indicators: Have Heart Disease

Defined based on

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of stroke―United States, 2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2007;56:469–74.