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New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey                                                          Behavioral Risk Factor Survey

About the NJBRFS

The New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS) is a telephone survey that is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a component of the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  The BRFSS monitors major behavioral risk factors and chronic conditions associated with disability and death among adults.  In accordance with BRFSS protocol, only adults aged 18 and over who live at home (i.e., not in dormitories, jails, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) can participate in the survey.  (The New Jersey Department of Education maintains a Student Health Survey of health risks and related behaviors among youth in New Jersey.)

BRFSS results are used to monitor selected public health objectives related to disease prevention and healthy behaviors as outlined in the federal Healthy People initiative.  The NJBRFS is used similarly to monitor Healthy New Jersey objectives.

The NJBRFS has been in operation since 1991.  In 1991 through 1995, approximately 125 interviews were completed per month.  The monthly sample size approximately doubled in 1996 and again in 2001, and reached nearly 1,000 in 2003 and subsequent years.

Have you been asked to be a respondent?

PhoneIf you are called, the Department of Health strongly encourages you to participate in this vitally important survey.  Participation by those randomly selected for the survey is very important to accurately represent all types of adults in New Jersey, regardless of health status.  Survey participation is voluntary; however we cannot select anyone else to replace you if you were selected and do not participate, which may mean that adults like you are underrepresented in statewide estimates.  By participating, you perform a valuable public service for your family, community, and state. 

We will not collect any personal information that may identify you.  Your phone number was randomly selected from all working phone numbers, both listed and unlisted, in your area.  (Note that the Do Not Call list does not pertain to surveys.)  Your answers to this survey are combined with those of many other respondents and are used to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, but can run a little shorter or longer depending on the number of questions asked and how long you take to answer each question.  If it gets too long to complete at one time, you can always schedule a call back at a convenient time for you.

The survey currently is being conducted for the New Jersey Department of Health by Abt SRBI, Inc., of Silver Springs, MD.