What is the BRFSS?

The BRFSS is an ongoing telephone health survey of adults conducted in all 50 states and coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey collects information on health conditions, behaviors, preventive practices, and access to health care. Thousands of Missourians participate in the survey each year. Households are randomly selected to participate and perhaps you or someone you know was called by our survey staff. Listed and unlisted residential landline and cell phone numbers are included in the survey.

Why should I answer the call?

The survey takes about 25 minutes and asks questions about your general health and specific conditions like asthma, access to health care, physical activity and cancer screening. The information we collect helps us understand the health landscape in our state. The BRFSS survey has significantly contributed to public health by tracking health behaviors and evaluating progress toward achieving national, state, and local public health goals.

How do I know that the phone call isn’t a scam?

DHSS works with the University of Missouri-Columbia to conduct the survey. The interviewer will identify his/herself as calling from the Missouri Department of Health and will ask no personally identifiable questions. We don’t know and won’t ask for your name. Your phone number is not connected to your survey responses. The phone call you receive should come from this number: 573-884-0152. If you have concerns, please contact our office at 573-751-6128 so we can investigate.

Percent of Missouri adults living with health conditions

Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Current Asthma 2018 9.4 8.4 10.5
Arthritis 2018 31.1 29.5 32.6
Cancer - other than skin 2018 7.3 6.5 8.1
Skin Cancer 2018 6.8 6.1 7.5
Diabetes 2018 11.5 10.5 12.5
High Blood Pressure 2017 32.0 30.7 33.4
High Cholesterol 2017 34.3 32.8 35.9
Angina or Coronary Heart Disease 2018 5.1 4.5 5.8
Myocardial Infarction or "Heart Attack" 2018 5.1 4.4 5.7
Stroke 2018 4.2 3.6 4.8
Depressive Disorder 2018 22.2 20.7 23.7
COPD 2018 9.1 8.1 10.1
Kidney Disease 2018 2.5 2.1 3.0

Percent of Missouri adults with risk factors

Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Fair or Poor General Health Status 2018 20.4 19.0 21.9
No Health Care Coverage - Ages 18-64 2018 15.5 13.7 17.2
Current Cigarette Smoking 2018 19.4 17.9 20.9
Binge Drinking (Women) 2018 14.2 12.2 16.2
Binge Drinking (Men) 2018 21.3 19.1 23.5
Ate Fruits & Vegetables 5 or more times per day 2017 12.7 11.6 13.8
No Leisure Time Physical Activity in past month 2018 26.1 24.6 27.6
Overweight 2018 31.9 30.1 33.6
Obesity 2018 35.0 33.3 36.8
Did not always wear a seat belt 2018 10.6 9.4 11.8

Percent of Missouri adults engaging in preventive practices

Immunizations in past year Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Influenza - Ages 18 and older 2018 36.5 34.8 38.2
Influenza - Age 65 and older 2018 61.2 58.6 63.8
Pneumococcal - Age 65 and older 2018 74.5 72.1 76.8
Lung Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Computed tomography - Age 55-80, smoking history 2017 12.9 9.1 16.6
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Mammogram - within 2 years, age 40 and older 2018 69.4 67.0 71.9
Pap Test - within 3 years, age 18 and older 2018 64.3 61.9 66.8
Colorectal Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Home Blood Stool Test - within 2 years 2018 11.6 10.0 13.1
Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy - age 50-75 years old 2018 71.6 69.3 73.8
Prostate Cancer Screening Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - Age 40 and older 2018 32.1 29.3 34.8
Oral Health Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Visited a dentist in past year 2018 63.3 61.6 65.0
General Data Year Prevalence % Lower CI Upper CI
Received 3-dose seriers of hepatitis B vaccine 2018 38.1 36.0 40.2
HIV/AIDS Test - Ages 18 and older 2018 34.1 32.2 35.9

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Note: In 2011, data from interviews with adult cell phone-only users were added to data from landline interviews. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began weighting BRFSS data using a new methodology that is explained in the fact sheet. Therefore, 2011-2018 BRFSS data should not be compared to previous years' data.

The 2018 Key Findings Report and a new series of of infographics will be available at http://health.mo.gov/data/brfss/data.php in the near future.