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2008 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 at least one occasion in the past 30 days.
  • Heavy drinking (Men): Male Respondents who reported drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day on average in the past 30 days.
  • Heavy drinking (Women): Female Respondents who reported drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day on average in the past 30 days.
  • During the past 30 days, how many times have you driven when you've had perhaps too much to drink?

 

ASTHMA

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  • Current adult asthma prevalence
  • Have you EVER been told by a doctor, nurse or other health care professional that you had 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?

 

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

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  • A blood stool test is a test that may use a special kit at home to determine whether the stool contains blood. Have you ever had this test using a home kit?
  • How long has it been since you had your last blood stool test using a home kit?
  • Sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy are exams in which a tube is inserted in the rectum to view the colon for signs of cancer or other health problems. Have you ever had a Sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy exam?
  • Was your most recent exam a Sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy?
  • How long has it been since you had your last Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy?
  • At risk for colorectal cancer: Those respondents 50+ who have not had a blood stool test in two years.

  • At risk for colorectal cancer: Respondents aged 50+ who have never had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

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  • Are you Hispanic or Latino?
  • What county do you live in?
  • What is your race? (all races that apply)
  • What is your race? (all racial-ethnic groups that apply)
  • 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, or 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.

 

DIABETES

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  • Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?
  • Are you now taking insulin?

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.)
  • 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 checked you for "A one C"?
  • 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

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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?

 

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?
  • When you have intercourse, how often do you/your spouse/partner use a method to prevent pregnancy?
  • What is your/your spouse's/partner's main reason for not doing anything to keep you/her from getting pregnant?
  • How do you feel about having a child now or sometime in the future?
  • How soon would you want to have a child?
  • From your understanding, would you say emergency birth control pills can be used...?
  • In the last year, have you/your spouse/partner used emergency birth control pills?

 

GAMBLING

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  • In a typical month, how many hours do you spend playing video lottery, such as video poker or video line games?
  • Where do you usually play video lottery, such as video poker or video line games?

 

GENETICS

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  • Have you EVER been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, that you have colorectal cancer?
  • How likely do you think it is that you will get colorectal cancer in the future?
  • Has a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider ever discussed the chances of you getting colorectal cancer?
  • Has a health care provider ever recommended changes in eating habits or physical activity to reduce your chances of getting diseases like colorectal cancer?
  • Has a health care provider ever discussed testing for colorectal cancer with you?
  • Thinking of your close blood relatives, do you have a parent, brother, sister, or child who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer by a health care provider?

  • Which of your close blood relatives were diagnosed with colorectal cancer?

  • How many of your close blood relatives were diagnosed before the age of 50?
  • Have you made changes in your eating habits or physical activity, to reduce your chances of getting diseases like colorectal cancer?
  • Some companies are offering genetic tests of your DNA that are advertised to improve your health and prevent disease.  Have you heard about these tests?
  • Where did you hear about these tests? (Sources from which respondents heard of DNA 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?

 

HEALTH STATUS

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  • How is your general health?
  • At risk: in fair or poor 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: Adult respondents who are in fair or poor health.

 

HIGH-RISK HEALTH CARE WORKER

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  • Do you currently volunteer or work in a hospital, medical clinic, doctor's office, nursing home or some other health-care facility?
  • Do you provide direct patient care as part of your routine work?

 

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?
  • Are any of these situations appyly to you? (You used intrvenous drugs in the past year; you have been treated for a sexually transmitted or venereal disease in the past year; you have given or received money or drugs in exchange for sex in the past year; you have had anal sex without a condom in the past year.)

 

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 any medicine prescribed by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional, 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 high?

 

IMMUNIZATION

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  • During the past 12 months, have you had a flu shot?
  • During the past 12 months, have you had a flu vaccine that was 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.

  • Where did you go to get your most recent flu shot or flu vaccination sprayed in your nose?

 

INJURY PREVENTION

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Falls

  • In the past three months, how many times have you fallen?
  • How many of these falls caused an injury?

Seatbelt Use

  • How often do you use seatbelts when you drive or ride in a car?
  • Risk Factor: Always or nearly always use a seatbelt when riding in or driving a car.
  • Risk Factor: Always use a seatbelt when riding in or driving a car.

Firearms

  • Are any firearms now kept in or around your home?
  • Are any of these firearms unlocked?
  • Are any of these firearms in or around your home hundguns, like pistols or revolvers?
  • During the past 12 months, have you ever confonted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?

 

INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

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Sexual Violence

  • During the past 12 months, has anyone EVER had sex with you, or attempted to have sex with you, after you said or showed that you didn't want them to or without your consent?

  • In the past 12 months, have you experienced any physical violence or had unwanted sex with an intimate partner?

Intimate Partner Violence

  • In the past 12 months, have you experienced any physical violence or had unwanted sex with an intimate partner?

 

NUTRITION & FOOD LABELING

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  • In the past 30 days, about how often have you eaten food from a fast food or chain restaurant, either take out or at the restaurant itself?
  • Oppose or support: We would like to know your opinion on requiring fast food and chain restaurants to display nutriton information, such as calorie and fat content, on menus or menu boards?

 

ORAL HEALTH

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  • How long has it been since you visited a dentist or a dental clinic for any reason?

  • How many of your permanent teeth have been removed because of tooth decay or gum disease?
  • How long has it been since you had your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist?
  • Respondents who reported having visited dentist, dental hygienist, or dental clinic in the past year for any reason.

  • Respondents who have had no permanent teeth removed.

 

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

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  • A prostate-specific antigen test, also called a PSA test, is a blood test used to check men for prostate cancer. Have you ever had a PSA test?
  • How long has it been since you had your last PSA test?
  • Have you ever had a digital rectal exam?
  • How long has it been since your last digital rectal exam?
  • Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have prostate cancer?
  • Men at risk for not having had a PSA test within the past two years.

 

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?
  • In general, how satisfied are you with your life?
  • How often do you get the social and emotional support you need?

 

SKIN PROTECTION

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  • In the past 12 months, when you've gone outside for more than one hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., how often have you used sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher?

  • In the past 12 months, when you've gone outside for more than one hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., how often have you worn a hat that shades your face, ears, and neck?

  • In the past 12 months, when you've gone outside for more than one hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., how often have you worn a long-sleeved shirt?

 

SLEEP

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  • On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?
  • During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?
  • During the past 12 months, how often have you driven a car or motor vehicle while feeling drowsy?
  • During the past 12 months, have you regularly had excessive sleepiness during the day?

 

SMOKE EXPOSURE

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  • Agree or disagree: People should be protected from secondhand smoke?
  • Do you favor or oppose the ban on smoking in Oregon that would make it illegal to 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?

  • 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?

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 by 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?

Current Smoker Quit Patterns

  •  Are you seriously considering stopping smoking within the next 6 months?

 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.

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

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  • To your knowledge, are you now pregnant?
  • Have you EVER had a mammogram?
  • How long has it been since you had your last mammogram?
  • At risk: Women 40+ not having had mammograms in last two years.

  • A clinical breast exam is when a doctor, nurse, or other health professional feels the breast for lumps. Have you ever had a clinical breast exam?

  • How long has it been since your last breast exam?
  • A Pap smear is a test for cancer of the cervix. Have you ever had a Pap test?
  • How long has it been since you had your last Pap test?
  • At risk: Women ages 18 and older, with an intact cervix, who have not had a Pap smear within the past 3 years.
  • Have you had a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus.

 

WORKSITE

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  • In the past 12 months, has your employer offered health promotion or wellness programs, services, or classes?
  • Does your employer encourage nutritious foods to be available at meetings, in a cafeteria, or through vending machines?
  • Which one of these categories would you say best represents your occupation?
  • Does your employer offer classes to help you recognize and know what to do when a person is having a heart attack or stroke?