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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

What Is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)?

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects state-specific data on preventive health practices and risk behaviors linked to chronic diseases, injuries, and preventable infectious diseases that affect adults. It is a collaborative program conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which all 50 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia participate.  BRFSS data are collected annually through a random-digit-dialed telephone (landline and cell) survey. Survey respondents are non-institutionalized adults (18 years or older) living in the U.S.

Within this page, you will learn how NIOSH has used the BRFSS survey to gain knowledge about worker health. The data collected in 2013, 2014 and 2015 are available in the NIOSH Worker Health Charts tool, which creates interactive charts. Additionally, the 2013 and 2014 data are available in tables, which include select variables not collected all three years (2013-2015), specifically:

  • blood pressure
  • physical activity
  • short sleep

By viewing the BRFSS data, you can also learn more about prevalence of important health behaviors and outcomes, and access to health care among various industry and occupation groups.

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