HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE CHARACTERISTICS OF ADULTS AGED ≥18 YEARS LIVING IN RURAL AREAS,* BY RACE/ETHNICITY† — BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM,§ UNITED STATES, 2012–2015
* Percentages for adults aged ≥18 years are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 population aged ≥18 years with the direct method, with the exception of screening variables.
† All races are non-Hispanic.
§ BRFSS data and documentation information, including survey questions, are available. (CDC. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: survey data & documentation. Atlanta, GA: CDC, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/data_documentation/index.htm).
¶ Significantly different (p<0.05, t-test) from non-Hispanic white.
** Estimates not reported because relative standard error was >30%.
†† Screening variables rely on 2012 and 2014 data only. Adults who met colorectal cancer screening recommendations refer to adults aged 50–75 years who received at least one colorectal cancer screening test recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force within the recommended time interval (colonoscopy within the past 10 years, fecal occult blood test within the past year, or sigmoidoscopy within the past 5 years in combination with fecal occult blood test within the past 3 years).
§§ Chronic conditions considered include myocardial infarction; coronary heart disease; stroke; hypertension; asthma; skin cancer; other types of cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; depressive disorder; kidney disease; some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia; and diabetes. Estimates were obtained using data from 2013 and 2015 because data on hypertension were not available for 2012 and 2014.
¶¶ Binge drinking was defined as five or more drinks (men) or four or more drinks (women) on any occasion in the past 30 days.