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Am J Public Health. 2000 May;90(5):774-6.

Uses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, 1993-1997.

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Department of Community Health, Saint Louis University School of Public Health, MO 63108-3342, USA. figgslw@slu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to document and describe Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data use patterns, benefits, and barriers from 1993 to 1997.

METHODS:

Data use information was gathered via a Medline database search and a telephone survey of BRFSS program directors (n = 54).

RESULTS:

The database search uncovered 109 BRFSS-based reports. Program directors indicated that BRFSS data frequently were used to support health policies regarding diabetes, physical activity, and smoking. Frequent data use barriers included insufficient special population data, insufficient city- or county-specific data, and insufficient staff.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of BRFSS data, which aid several state health activities, increased from 1993 to 1997.

PMID:
10800428
PMCID:
PMC1446225
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