The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing State-based telephone survey of adults, administered
through State health departments. The survey estimates health status and the prevalence of various risk factors among respondents,
who include both fee-for-service and managed care Medicare beneficiaries. In this article the authors present an overview
of the BRFSS and report 1995 regional results among respondents who were 65 years of age or over and who had health insurance.
The advantages and disadvantages of using the BRFSS as a tool to monitor beneficiary health status and risk factors are also
Health Behavior : Health Status Indicators : Aged : Chronic Disease : Fee-for-Service Plans : Human : Managed Care Programs/utilization
: Medicare/utilization : Patient Compliance : Preventive Health Services/utilization : Risk Factors : State Health Plans/utilization
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