The Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) is a telephone survey of state residents ages 18 and older carried out in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System encompasses BRFS programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
The survey addresses a variety of topics, such as behaviors related to smoking, alcohol use, physical activity and overweight; prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension; and receipt of recommended cancer and cholesterol screening tests. BRFS data are used extensively by public health departments and are the basis of numerous articles in public health research journals and other publications. (See information about the BRFS methodology.)
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- Health Counts in Wisconsin: Behavioral Risk Factors, 2014 (P-45336-14) (annual tables) (PDF, 79 KB) (August 2015). This condensed report presents BRFS data on risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, overweight and inactivity, as well as health status, mental health, and other health-related factors.
- Health-Related Quality of Life: Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, 2012-2013 (P-00929) (PDF, 329 KB) (January 2015).
Linking Mental and Physical Health: Results from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (P-00066) (April 2009)
This report presents findings from the 2006 and 2007 BRFS mental health modules, analyzed with relevant demographic, health risk, chronic disease, functioning and quality of life variables. It shows the individual-level burden and diminished quality of life experienced by Wisconsin adults who have serious psychological distress (2007) or depression (2006). The report includes an afterword describing several models of integrated mental and physical health treatment.