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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

National results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system
The BFRSS is a cooperation program between the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Health departments.

The federal and state agencies agree on the protocol to follow. The surveys are actually implemented by each state and results are shared with CDC.

The CDC offers reports of nationwide trends from the survey. However, each state may include distinct variables.

One issue is the extent to which data from the survey can be combined at the national level.

In this exercise you are asked to explore the BFRSS website and state BFRSS websites [link to lists here.]

  1. Locate national statistics about the proportion of people who have been screened for colon cancer from the BFRSS CDC page.
  2. Now look at the list of state BFRSS websites.
  3. Find the state that you are living in and 3 other states.
  4. Go to each of these state sites and locate the same information.
  5. Next, search the MMWR for reports based on the data.