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2003 BRFSS Results
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
 
  • Respondents who reported having any drinks in the past 30 days.
  • On the days when you drank, about how many drinks did you drink on the average?
  • Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past month did you have 5 or more drinks on an occasion?
  • Binge drinking: Respondents reporting having had five or more alcoholic drinks on one or more occasions in the past 30 days.
  • Heavy drinking: Male Respondents who reported drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day on average.
  • Heavy drinking: Female Respondents who reported drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day on average.


 

ANTIBIOTICS

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  • In the past 4 weeks, have you taken any antibiotics?
  • How much do you agree/disagree with the following statement?: I will be sick for a longer time if I don’t receive an antibiotic for cough, cold, or flu symptoms.

  • How much do you agree/disagree with the following statement?: By the time I am sick enough to talk to or visit a doctor because of a cold, I usually expect a prescription for antibiotics.

    How often are antibiotics needed for a sore throat?
  • How often are antibiotics needed for a cold?
  • How often are antibiotics needed for a cough without fever?
  • How often are antibiotics needed for a runny nose with yellow or green mucous?
  • Are you aware of any health dangers to yourself or other people associated with taking antibiotics?
  • What kind of health dangers to yourself or other people do you think are associated with taking antibiotics?

 

ARTHRITIS

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  • During the past 30 days, have you had pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint?
  • Did your joint symptoms first begin 3 months ago?
  • Have you seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for these joint symptoms?
  • 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?
  • Are you now limited in any way in any of your usual activities because of arthritis or joint symptoms?

  • Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity or exercise to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?

  • Do arthritis or joint symptoms now affect whether you work, the type of work you do, or the amount of work you do?

 

ASTHMA

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  • Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health care professional that you had asthma?
  • Current asthma prevalence.
  • Have you been given written directions by a doctor, nurse or other health care provider about how to take your asthma medicine?
  • Did your doctor, nurse or other health care provider ever explain how to recognize the early signs of an asthma episode?
  • Did your doctor, nurse or other health care provider ever give you information on how to avoid the things that make your asthma worse?
  • How old were you when you were first told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that you had asthma?
  • During the past four weeks, how many days did symptoms of asthma make it difficult for you to stay asleep?
  • During the past 12 months, how many times did you visit an emergency room or urgent care center because of your asthma?
  • During the last 3 months, how much did you limit your usual activities because of your asthma?
  • During the last 3 months, how many days of work, school, or other daily activities did you miss because of your asthma?
  • During the past four weeks, how often did you have any symptoms of asthma?
  • During the past 12 months, how many times did you see a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for routine treatment or evaluation of asthma?
  • During the past 12 months, did you ever start wheezing because of something in your workplace?
  • During the past 12 months, how many times did you see a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for urgent treatment of worsening asthma symptoms?

 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

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  • Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional ever told you that you had a heart attack or myocardial infarction?
  • Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional ever told you that you had angina or coronary heart disease?
  • Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional ever told you that you had a stroke?


 

CHOLESTEROL

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  • Blood cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. Have you ever had your blood cholesterol checked?
  • About how long has it been since you had your blood cholesterol checked?
  • Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that your blood cholesterol is high?


 

DEMOGRAPHICS

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  • Are you Hispanic or Latino?
  • What county do you live in?
  • What is your race? (A single race or combination with primary race reported)
  • What is your race? (A single race from multiple races and a primary race is reported)
  • Are you married, divorced, widowed, separated, never been married, a member of an unmarried couple?
  • How many children less than 18 years of age live in your household?
  • What is the highest grade or year of school you completed?
  • Are you currently employed for wages, self-employed, out of work for more than one year, out of work for less than 1 year, homemaker, student, retired, unable to work?
  • What is your annual household income from all sources?
  • Do you have more than one telephone number in your household?
  • Now I am going to ask you about your sexual orientation. Do you consider yourself to be:
  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults?
  • At risk for chronic disease based on Body Mass Index (BMI) being 25.0 or higher?
  • To your knowledge, are you now pregnant?

 

DIABETES

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  • Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?
  • This question asks about your family members who are related to you by blood.  Do you have a parent, brother or sister related by blood, who has or has had diabetes?
  • Does anyone in your current household have diabetes?
  • How worried are you that in the next 10 years you will get diabetes?
  • During the past 12 months, did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional talk with you about diabetes?
  • In the past 12 months, have you been tested by a health care provider for diabetes?
  • Are you now taking pills to treat your diabetes? These are pills that help lower blood sugar.
  • Are you now taking insulin?
  • Checks blood for glucose or sugar daily. (Includes times when checked by a family member or friend, but does not include times when checked by a health professional.)
  • Checks feet for any sores or irritations at least once daily. (Includes times when checked by a family member or friend but not times when checked by a health professional.)
  • When was the last time you had an eye exam in which the pupils were dilated? This would have made you temporarily sensitive to bright light.
  • During the past 12 months, did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional test the feeling in your feet or legs by touching you with something and asking if you could feel it?
  • About how many times in the last year have you seen a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for your diabetes?
  • About how many times in the past 12 months has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional tested you for glycosylated hemoglobin or hemoglobin "A one C" in the past year.
  • Do you know the results of your last glycosylated hemoglobin test?
  • Have you ever attended any formal diabetes education programs, such as a class or one-on-one training with a diabetes educator?
  • When was the last time you had this formal diabetes session?
  • Was there a time during the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor for your diabetes or to get your medicine and supplies but could not because of cost?
  • Agree or disagree: Diabetes can cause a person to become blind?
  • Agree or disagree: Diabetes can cause a person to get heart disease?
  • Agree or disagree: Diabetes can cause a person to need lower leg amputations?
  • Agree or disagree: There is a cure for diabetes?
  • Agree or disagree: Diabetes can harm a person's body before it is diagnosed?
  • Agree or disagree: A person can have diabetes and not know it?
  • Agree or disagree:  Diabetes is most common in people age 45 and older?
  • Are you taking aspirin daily or every other day in order to reduce your risk of heart disease or disease?
 
 

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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  • During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercise such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?
  • At risk for no leisure time activity?
  • Now thinking about the moderate physical activities you do in a usual week, do you do MODERATE activities for at least 10 minutes at a time, such as brisk walking, bicycling, vacuuming, gardening or anything else that causes small increases in breathing or heart rate?
  • Now thinking about the vigorous physical activities you do in a usual week, do you do VIGOROUS activities for at least 10 minutes at a time, such as running, aerobics, heavy yard work, or anything else that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate?

 

FAMILY PLANNING - Female

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  • Have you been pregnant in the last five years?
  • Thinking back to just before your wife or partner got pregnant with her current pregnancy, how did you feel her about becoming pregnant?
  • Thinking back to the most recent pregnancy, just before you got pregnant, how did you feel about becoming pregnant?
  • Are you and your husband or partner doing anything now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What are you or your husband or partner doing now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What other method are you also using to prevent pregnancy?
  • When you have intercourse, how often do you and your husband or partner use a method to prevent pregnancy?
  • What is your main reason for not doing anything to keep you from getting pregnant?
  • Does your health insurance cover the cost of birth control?
  • Would you use a different birth control method if you had insurance that paid for it?
  • Did you know there is free or low cost birth control at health departments and Planned Parenthood clinics?
  • Where are you or your partner or husband getting your birth control method(s)?
  • From your understanding, how would you say the emergency birth control can be used?
  • During the past 5 years, have you used emergency birth control pills?
  • During the last year, have you used emergency birth control pills?

 

FAMILY PLANNING - Male

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  • Has a sex partner of yours been pregnant in the last five years?
  • Thinking back to just before your wife or partner got pregnant with her current pregnancy, how did you feel her about becoming pregnant?
  • Thinking back to just the most recent pregnancy, just before she got pregnant, how did you feel about her becoming pregnant?
  • Are you and your wife or partner doing anything now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What are you or your wife or partner doing now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What other method are you also using to prevent pregnancy?
  • When you have intercourse, how often do you use a method to prevent pregnancy?
  • What is your main reason for not doing anything to keep your wife or partner from getting pregnant?
  • Does your health insurance cover the cost of birth control?
  • Would you use a different birth control method if you had insurance that paid for it?
  • Did you know there is free or low cost birth control at health departments and Planned Parent clinics?
  • Where are you or your wife or partner getting your birth control method(s)?
  • From your understanding, how would you say emergency birth control can be used?
  • During the last five years, did your wife or partner use emergency birth control pills?
  • During the last year, has your wife or partner used emergency birth control pills?

 

FOLIC ACID AND VITAMIN/SUPPLEMENTS

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  • Oregon women under age 45 who reported current use of multivitamin or other supplement containing folic acid.

  • How often took folic acid: Weekly?

  • Some health experts recommend that women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid: Why is folic acid recommended?

 

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE & SOURCE

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  • Do you have any kind of health care coverage?

  • Do you have one person who you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?
  • Was there a time in the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor but could not because of the cost?
  • Are you currently enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, which is the State´s Medicaid program?
  • In the past 12 months, have you been enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, which is the State´s Medicaid program?
  • Does your health insurance help pay for prescriptions?

 

HEALTH STATUS

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  • How is your general health?
  • For how many days during the past 30 days was your physical health not good?
  • For how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?
  • During the past 30 days, how many days did poor physical or mental health keep you from doing your usual activities, such as self-care, work, or recreation?

 

HIV/AIDS

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  • Have you ever been tested for HIV?
  • What was the main reason you had your last test for HIV?
  • Where did you have your last blood test for HIV?
  • In the past 12 months, has doctor, nurse, or other health professional talked to you about preventing sexually transmitted diseases through condom use?
  • True or false: A pregnant woman with HIV can get treatment to help reduce the chances that she will pass the virus on to her baby?
  • True or false: There are medical treatments available that are intended to help a person who is infected with HIV to live longer?
  • How important do you think it is for people to know their HIV status by getting tested?

 

HUNGER

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  • The first statement is, "The food that we bought just didn’t last, and we didn’t have money to get more." Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you in the last 12 months?
  • The second statement is, "We couldn´t afford balanced meals." Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you in the last 12 months?
  • In the last 12 months, did you or other adults in your household ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn’t enough money for food?
  •  How often did this happen?
  • In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn’t enough money to buy food?
  • In the last 12 months, were you ever hungry but didn’t eat because you couldn’t afford enough food?
  • Oregon adults living in food insecure households.                       
  • Oregon adults living in households that experienced hunger at times.

 

HYPERTENSION AWARENESS

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  • Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that you had high blood pressure?
  • Are you currently taking medicine for your high blood pressure?

 

IMMUNIZATION AGAINST INFLUENZA & PNEUMONIA

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  • During the past 12 months, have you had a flu shot?
  • Have you ever had a pneumonia shot? This shot is usually given only once or twice in a person’s lifetime and is different from the flu shot. It is also called the pneumococcal [new-mo-COCK-uhl] vaccine?

 

INJURY PREVENTION ISSUES

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  • In the past three months, have you had a fall?
  • Were you injured when you fell? Limited by your activities for a day or visited a doctor?

 

INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

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  • Since 1998, has anyone ever had sex with you against your will or without your consent? Specifically, we mean has anyone had vaginal, anal, or oral sex with you or inserted their fingers or any type of object into your body against your will or without your consent?

  • Since 1998, has anyone ever had sex with you against your will or without your consent, but intercourse or penetration did not occur?

  • Did this incident/any of these incidents occur in the past year?

 

NUTRITION

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  • Index of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Current recommendation is to eat five or more servings per day, to reduce the risk of chronic disease, including some types of cancer, heart disease, and stroke? 

 

QUALITY OF LIFE

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  • Are you limited in any way, in any activities, because of physical, mental, or emotional problems?

  • Do you now have any health problem that requires you to use special equipment, such as a cane, a wheelchair, a special bed, or a special telephone?

  • Because of any impairment or health problem, do you have any trouble learning, remembering, or concentrating?

  • Because of any impairment or a health problem, do you need the help of other persons with your PERSONAL care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around the house?

  • Because of any impairment or a health problem, do you need the help of other persons in handling your ROUTINE care needs, such as household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or getting around for other purposes?

 

SMOKE EXPOSURE

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  • In a typical week, how many hours are you in the same room where others are smoking?
  • On how many of the past 30 days has someone, including yourself, smoked cigarettes, cigars, or pipes anywhere inside your home?
  • What are the rules about smoking in your family's cars?
  • In a typical week, about how many hours would you say you are exposed to secondhand smoke at work?
  • Agree or disagree: People should be protected from secondhand smoke?
  • Agree or disagree: Smoking should not be allowed in indoor work areas?
  • Agree or disagree: Smoking should not be allowed in restaurants?
  • Agree or disagree: Smoking should not be allowed in bars?
  • Agree or disagree: Tobacco use by adults should not be allowed on school grounds?

 

SMOKELESS TOBACCO USE AND CIGAR PREVALENCE

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  • Do you currently use any smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff?
  • Are you seriously considering stopping the use of smokeless tobacco within the next 30 days?

  • Have you smoked a cigar in the last month?

 

SUN EXPOSURE

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  • Have you had a sunburn within the past 12 months (e.g., times when even a small part of yourskin was red for at least 12 hours).
  • Including times when even a small part of your skin was red for more than 12 hours, how many sunburns have you had within the past 12 months?

 

TOBACCO USE

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Current Cigarette Consumption

  • Do you now smoke every day, some days, or not at all?
  • On the average, about how many cigarettes a day do you now smoke?
  • On the average, when you smoked during the past 30 days, about how many cigarettes a day did you smoke?
  • At what age did you start smoking regularly? 

Current Smoker Quit Patterns

  • The last time you tried to quit smoking, did you use the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, or any other medication to help you quit?
  •  The last time you tried to quit smoking, did you use any other assistance such as counseling or classes?
  • Agree or disagree: People close to me are upset at my smoking?

 Current Smokers Cessation and Health Insurance Coverage

  • If you were trying to quit smoking, how helpful do you think it would be to have assistance such as a nicotine patch or gum, or a smoking cessation program?
  • Are you seriously considering stopping smoking within the next 6 months?
  • Does your health insurance coverage pay for the cost of any smoking cessation assistance, such as nicotine replacement or a smoking cessation program? 

 Former Smoker Quit Patterns

  • When you quit smoking the last time, did you use the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, nasal spray, or any other medication to help you?
  • When you quit smoking, did you use any other assistance such as counseling or classes?

 Health Advice and Tobacco Cessation

  • At your last visit to your health care provider, did someone ask you if you smoked?
  • At your last visit to your health care provider, were you advised to quit smoking? 
  • Has a doctor or other health care professional ever advised you to quit smoking? 
  • At your last visit to your health care provider, were you offered recommendations or assistance on how to quit smoking?

Purchase of cigarettes

  • In what type of store do you usually buy cigarettes?
  •  In the past year, have you bought cigarettes over the Internet, or using a mail-order source?

 

VETERAN'S STATUS

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  • Have you ever served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces?

  • Which of the following best describes your military status?

  • In the last 12 months, have you received some or all or your health care from VA facilities?

 

WEIGHT

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  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults?
  • At risk for chronic disease based on Body Mass Index (BMI) being 25.0 or higher?