Compilation FAQ's


1. What is the interactive tool?
The interactive tool is an addition to the BRFSS compilation, developed to help navigate the compilation and refine/ customize the data in the compilation. The interactive tool helps you select subsets of data and facilitates a better visual interpretation of the topic being looked at.

 2.  How do I use the interactive tool?
Click on the link and use the dropdown button to uncheck none, then select  the state(s) of your choice. The database will pull up data organized by state. To further refine a subset of data from the choice of states, use the dropdown options for year, category and question and make your selections. For a view of the entire database, use the select all option from the states dropdown box.

 3. Why are some of the response choices included in the compilation of questions?
When the selection of possible responses are either intrinsic to understanding the question, or specific to the question, they have been included in the questionnaire.

4. What are some of the response choices to other questions in the compilation?
The choices vary depending on the type of question asked.
If the question pertains to knowledge of issues or knowledge of a question, response choices may range from Yes| No| Somewhat/Maybe| Not sure| Don'tknow|Refused.
If the question pertains to concern on issues, response choices may range from Very concerned| Somewhat concerned| Not very concerned| Not at all concerned| Not sure| Don't know| Refused.
If the question pertains to likelihood of an action or event, response choices may range from Very likely| Somewhat likely|Not at all likely| Don't know| Not Sure| Refused.

5. Where can I view the entire questionnaire?
The Centers for Disease Control has a published list of all its core questionnaires. The Arkansas BRFSS has developed a web-based tool to collect state-added questions used in annual BRFSS surveys.

6. Why are the BRFSS data important?
BRFSS questions form the source of the most comprehensive information on population health in the United States. The data provide vital information about prevalence of health conditions and health behavior, access to healthcare, as well as quantifying the health impact of policy and strategy in a population setting. They are also essential as data sources for secondary analyses.

 7. What is the difference between the categories DTC Tests and Genetic Tests?
While both categories are tests on genes, we use Genetic Tests to define tests ordered by a health care professional (and performed in a healthcare setting) in the light of evidence that requires the test versus DTC Tests which are Direct-to-Consumer Tests marketed directly to the public, usually requiring a cheek swab to be mailed in to the company providing the service.

8. Why are there so many categories on cancer?
Cancer Genomics is one of the areas of genomics that is making rapid advances in translational science. To best capture the expansion of this field in the realm of public health, cancer has been subdivided into breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and cancer (encompasses all other cancers not mentioned above).

 9. What constitutes the miscellaneous category?
Any question on an emerging topic that has not been repeated falls within the miscellaneous category of questions.



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