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2007 BRFSS Results
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

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  • Adults who have had at least one drink of alcohol within 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: Males who had five or more alcoholic drinks and females who had four or more alcoholic drinks on one or more occasions in the past 30 days.
  • Heavy drinking: Adult males: 2+ alcoholic drinks per day in the past 30 days.
  • Heavy drinking: Adult females: 1+ alcoholic drink per day in the past 30 days.

 

ANTIBIOTICS

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  • In the past 4 weeks, have you been to the doctor for a cough, cold, or the flu?
  • Did you get a prescription for antibiotics from the doctor?
  • Agree or disagree: I will be sick for a longer time if I don't receive an antibiotic for cough, cold, or flu symptoms.
  • Agree or disagree: 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.
  • Which of the following statements is closest to what you did with your most recent antibiotics prescription?
  • In the past year, did you take any antibiotics that were prescribed for a previous illness, prescribed for someone else, or obtained without a prescription?
  • Are you aware of any health dangers to yourself or other people associated with taking antibiotics?
  • What kind of health dangers do you see to yourself and other people associated with taking antibiotics?

Flu Morbidity

  • Last month, were you ill with a fever?
  • Did you also have a cough and/or sore throat?
  • Did you visit a doctor, nurse, or other health professional for this illness?
  • Did the doctor or other health professional tell you this illness was influenza or the flu?
  • Did you have a flu test that was positive for this illness?
  • Did you receive Tamilflu or oseltamivir or an inhaled medicine called Relennza to treat this illness?
  • How many other members of your household also became sick with the flu during this past fall or winter, approximately November through March?

 

ARTHRITIS

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  • During the past 30 days, have you had pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?

    Did your joint symptoms FIRST begin more than 3 months ago?
  • Have you EVER seen a doctor 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?
  • Thinking about your arthritis or joint symptoms, which of the following best describes you today?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested losing weight to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional EVER suggested physical activity to help your arthritis or joint symptoms?
  • Have you EVER taken an educational course or class to teach you how to manage problems related to your arthritis or joint symptoms?

 

ASTHMA

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  • Current asthma prevalence.

  • Have you EVER been told by a doctor, nurse or other health care professional that you had asthma?
  • During the past 12 months, how many times did you visit an emergency room or urgent care center because of your asthma?

Asthma Awareness

  • Agree or disagree: Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.
  • Agree or disagree: People with asthma should not exercise.
  • Agree or disagree: Smoking or being around someone who is smoking can make asthma worse.
  • Agree or disagree: Avoiding things that cause allergic reactions, like animal hair or dust, is helpful in preventing asthma.

 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVALENCE

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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 AWARENESS

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  • 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?
  • When your cholesterol was last checked, did your doctor, nurse, or other health professional tell you that your blood cholesterol was still in a high range?
  • Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional advised to cut down on high fat foods to help lower your cholesterol?
  • Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional advised to exercise on a regular basis to help lower your cholesterol?
  • Are you taking any medicine prescribed by your doctor, nurse, or other health professional for your high blood cholesterol?

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

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  • What county do you live in?
  • Are you Hispanic or Latino?
  •  Which one or more of the following would you say is your race? (Mark all that apply)
  •  Which one or more of the following would you say is your race? (Mutually Exclusive Categories)
  • Which one of these groups would you say best represents your race?

  • Are you currently: Married, divorced, widowed, separated, never been married, or a member of an unmarried couple?

  • How many children live in your household who are less than 18 years old?

  • 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?
  • Do you consider yourself to be: Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or other?

  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults (Body Mass Index).

  • Adults at risk for chronic disease based on Body Mass Index (BMI) being 25.0 or higher.

  • To your knowledge, are you now pregnant?

 

DEPRESSION

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  • Major depression among Oregon Residents.
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you felt tired or had little energy?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you had a poor appetite or eaten too much?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you felt bad about yourself or that you are a failure or had let yourself or your family down?
  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you had trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching T.V.?

  • Over the last two weeks, how many days have you moved or spoken so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you were moving around a lot more than usual?

  • In the last two weeks, how many days have you had thoughts that you would be better off dead or hurting yourself in some way?
  • In the last 12 months, have you been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have depression?
  • Are you currently taking medication prescribed by a doctor or health provider for your depression?

Mental Illness and Stigma

  • About how often during the past 30 days did you feel nervous?
  • During the past 30 days, about how often did you feel hopeless?
  • During the past 30 days, about how often did you feel restless or fidgety?
  • During the past 30 days, about how often did you feel so depressed that nothing could cheer you up?
  • During the past 30 days, about how often did you feel that everything was an effort?
  • During the past 30 days, about how often did you feel worthless?
  • During the past 30 days, for about how many days did a mental health condition or emotional problem keep you from doing your work or other usual activities?
  • Are you now taking medicine or receiving treatment from a doctor or other health professional for any type of mental health condition or emotional problem?
  • Agree or disagree: Treatment can help people with mental illness lead normal lives?

  • Agree or disagree: People are generally caring and sympathetic to people with mental illness?

 

DIABETES

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  • Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?
  • Are you now taking insulin?
  • Are you now taking pills to treat your diabetes? These are pills that help lower blood sugar.

Ease of Self Care

  • Over the last 12 months, how difficult has it been for you to take medications as prescribed?
  • Over the last 12 months, how difficult has it been for you to exercise regularly?
  • Over the last 12 months, how difficult has it been for you to follow your recommended eating plan?
  • Over the last 12 months, how difficult has it been for you to check your blood for sugar?
  • Over the last 12 months, how difficult has it been for you to check your feet for wounds or sores?

Health Provider Information

  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained or shown you how to care for your feet?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained or shown you how and when to test your blood glucose?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained or shown you how to adjust your food choices to help you manage your blood glucose level?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained or shown you how to get appropriate physical activity?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained or shown you how to take your medications?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional explained to you about the long-term consequences of diabetes, for example eye problems, foot ulcers, or heart attack?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional helped you set clear, specific goals for managing your diabetes?

Services and Management

  • About how often do you check your blood for glucose or sugar? (Includes times when checked by a family member or friend, but does not include times when checked by a health professional.)
  • About how often do you check your feet for any sores or irritations? (Includes times when checked by a family member or friend, but not times when checked by a health professional.)
  • Have you ever had any sore or irritations on your feet that took more than four weeks to heal?
  • 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"?

  • About how many times in the past 12 months has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional checked your feet for any sores or irritations?

  • 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.
  • Has a doctor ever told you that diabetes has affected your eyes or that you had retinopathy?
  • Have you ever taken a course or class in how to manage your diabetes yourself?

 

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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  • During the past 30 days, 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 physical activity.

 

FAMILY PLANNING

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  • Are you/your spouse/partner doing anything now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What are you/your spouse/partner doing now to keep from getting pregnant?
  • What is your/your spouse's/partner's main reason for not doing anything to keep you/your spouse/partner from getting pregnant?

  • When you have intercourse, how often do you/your spouse/partner use a method to prevent pregnancy?

  • In the last year, have you/your spouse/partner used emergency birth control pills?

  • How do you feel about having a child now or sometime in the future?
  • How soon would you want to have a child?

 

GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE

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  • In the past 30 days, did you have diarrhea that began within the 30-day period?
  • Did you visit a doctor, nurse or other health professional for this diarrheal illness?
  • When you visited your health care professional, did you provide a stool sample for testing?

 

GENETICS

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  • How likely do you think it is that you will get heart disease or stroke in the future?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider asked you about your family history of illnesses or health problems?
  • Has a health care provider ever asked you about your family history of heart disease or stroke, specifically?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider ever discussed the chance of you getting heart disease or stroke?
  • Has a health care provider ever recommended changes in eating habits or physical activity to reduce your chances of getting diseases like heart disease or stroke?
  • Thinking of your close blood relatives, do you have a parent, brother or sister, or child related by blood, who has been diagnosed with heart disease or stroke by a health care provider?
  • Have you made changes in your eating habits or physical activity, to reduce your chances of getting disease like heart disease or stroke?
  • Some companies are offering genetic tests of your DNA that are advertised to improve your health and prevent disease. You can order these tests directly, without the involvement of a healthcare provider. Have you heard about these tests?
  • Have you ever used any of these tests?

 

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE & SOURCE

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  • Do you have any kind of health care coverage, including health insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or government plans such as Medicare?

  • 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?
  • About how long has it been since you last visited a doctor for a routine checkup?
  • In the past 12 months, have you been enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, which is the State's Medicaid program?
  • Are you currently enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, which is the State's Medicaid program?
  • During the past twelve months, was there a time that you did not have any health insurance or coverage?
  • During the past twelve months, about how many months would you say you have been without health insurance or coverage?
  • Was there a time during the last twelve months when you needed to see a dentist, but could not because of the cost?

 

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?
  • At risk for fair or poor health.

 

HIV/AIDS

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  • Have you ever been tested for HIV?
  • Where did you have your last HIV test?
  • Was it a rapid test where you could get your results within a couple of hours?

 

HUNGER

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  • "The food that we bought just didn't last, and we didn't have money to get more." Was this statement often, sometimes, or never true for you in the last 12 months?
  • "We couldn't afford balanced meals." Was this statement 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 or 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 have high blood pressure?
  • Are you currently taking medicine for your high blood pressure?
  • At your last visit did your doctor, nurse, or other health professional tell you that your blood pressure was still in a high range?

Hypertension Control

  • Are you changing your eating habits to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Are you cutting down on salt to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Are you reducing alcohol use to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Are you exercising to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever advised you to change your eating habits to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever advised you to cut down on salt to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever advised you to reduce alcohol use to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever advised you to exercise to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Has a doctor or other health professional ever advised you take medication to help lower or control your high blood pressure?
  • Were you told on two or more different visits to a doctor or other health professional that you had high blood pressure?

 

IMMUNIZATION

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Adult Immunization

  • During the past 12 months, have you had a flu shot?
  • During the past 12 months, have you had a flu vaccine sprayed in your nose?
  • 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 vaccine.

  • Have you EVER received the hepatitis B vaccine?

  • Tell me if ANY of these seven statements is true for you?

    You have hemophilia and have received clotting factor concentrate; you are a man who has had sex with other men, even just one time; you have taken drugs by needle, even just one time; you traded sex for money or drugs, even just one time; you have tested positive for HIV; you have had sex (even just one time) with someone who would answer "yes" to any of these statements; you had more than two sexual partners in the past year.

 

INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

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Sexual Violence

  • In the past 12 months, has anyone touched sexual parts of your body after you said or showed that you didn't want them to, or without your consent (for example, being groped or fondled)?
  • In the past 12 months, has anyone exposed you to unwanted sexual situations that did not involve physical touching?
  • Has anyone ever had sex with you after you said or showed that you didn't want them to or without your consent?
  • Has this happened in the past 12 months?
  • Has anyone ever attempted to have sex with you after you said or showed that you didn't want to or without your consent, but sex did NOT occur?
  • Has this happened in the past 12 months?
  • What was that person's relationship to you?
  • Was the person who did this male or female?

Intimate Partner Violence

  • Has an intimate partner ever threatened you with physical violence?
  • Has an intimate partner ever attempted physical violence against you?
  • Has an intimate partner ever hit, slapped, pushed, kicked, or physically hurt you in any way?
  • Have you ever experienced any unwanted sex by a current or former intimate partner?
  • In the past 12 months, have you experienced any physical violence or had unwanted sex with an intimate partner?
  • In the past 12 months, have you had any injuries as a result of this physical violence or unwanted sex?

  • At the time of the most recent incident involving an intimate partner who was physically violent or had unwanted sex with you, what was that person's relationship to you?

    Has anyone ever had sex with you against your will or without your consent?
  • Has anyone ever tried to have sex with you against your will or without your consent, but intercourse or penetration did not occur?
  • What was your relationship to the person who had or attempted to have sex with you against your will?

  • Did this incident/any of these incidents occur in the past year?
  • Have you EVER had any injuries as a result of being hit, slap, punched, shoved, kicked or otherwise physically hurt by anintimate partner?

  • 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.

 

OCCUPATIONAL INJURY

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  • During the past 12 months, have you been employed for any period of time, either part time, full time or self-employed?
  • During the past 12 months, were you injured seriously enough while performing your job that you got medical advice or treatment?
  • For your most recent work-related injury, who paid for your treatment?
  • For your most recent work-related injury, why was the treatment not paid for by workers' compensation?

 

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?
  • How long have you had this condition?
  • What is the nature of this health condition?
  • In general, how satisfied are you with your life?
  • How often do you get the social and emotional support you need?

 

SMOKE EXPOSURE

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  • 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 anywhere in bar-restaurant combinations?

  • Would you favor or oppose a ban on smoking in Oregon that would make it illegal or smoke in all workplaces, restaurants, and bars?

  • 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?

 

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 6 months?
  • Have you smoked a cigar in the last month?

 

TOBACCO USE

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Current Cigarette Consumption

  • Current smoking status.
  • 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 did you smoke a day?
  • At what age did you start smoking regularly?
  • Since you were 18, have you tried smoking flavored cigarettes (made to taste like chocolate, candy, cloves, etc.)?

  • Since you were 18, have you tried smoking cigarillos or little cigars, even one or two puffs?

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, gum, or a smoking quit 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 a 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 (either by questionnaire or in person)?

    At your last visit to your health care provider, were you advised 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?

 

VETERANS STATUS

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  • Have you ever served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, either in the regular military or in a National Guard or military reserve unit?

 

WEIGHT

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