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Self-Perceived Health Status 1996

Not all Oregonians are fortunate to be in good health. The following tables show the health status (including mental health) of the state's residents. Also shown are the proportions of Oregonians who are limited in their activities and those limited by pain.

Methodology:

These tables and figures were generated from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an annual survey conducted by the Oregon Health Services's Center for Health Statistics in conjunction with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey consists of approximately 120 questions about health-related behaviors associated with the leading causes of death.

In 1996, 2,932 Oregonians aged 18 and older were interviewed in the random digit-dialed telephone survey. The resulting data were weighted by the CDC (for age, sex, and the probability of being sampled within a household) to reflect the population of adult Oregonians. Survey results may be affected by the accuracy of the interviewee's response as well as by the absence of telephones in some households; minority and low income groups are less likely to have phone service and are therefore under-represented in this survey. For additional information about BRFSS, see Health Status by Race.

Tables and Figures:

Table 1. General health by demographic characteristics [ data]

Table 2. Number of days health was not good and activities limited during the preceding 30 days, by demographic characteristics [ data]

Figure 1. Ratio of Oregonians in excellent health to those in poor or fair health, by age [ graph]

Figure 2. Ratio of Oregonians in excellent health to those in poor or fair health, by income [ graph]

Figure 3. Ratio of Oregonians in excellent health to those in poor or fair health, by smoking status and obesity [ graph]