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Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey

The Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing system of health surveys carried out by 54 state and territory health departments. BRFSS is coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and uses dual landline and cell phone samples to conduct interviews with more than 400,000 adults ages 18 and older every year.

The survey addresses risk 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. BRFSS data are used extensively by public health departments and are the basis of numerous articles in public health research journals and other publications.

More information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System can be found on the methodology page and on the CDC BRFSS website.

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.

  • BRFS in other reports: A sampling of reports from collaborations and other programs that present Behavioral Risk Factor Survey data from Wisconsin.
  • Questions about the data? Contact us.
Last revised January 26, 2023