Health Indicator Report of General Health Status
Self-rated health (SRH) has been collected for many years on National Center for Health Statistics surveys and since 1993 on the state-based BRFSS. SRH is an independent predictor of important health outcomes including mortality, morbidity, and functional status. It is considered to be a reliable indicator of a person's perceived health and is a good global assessment of a person's well being.
NotesQuestion wording: "Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?". Estimates have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 age distribution.
Data SourceBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
Data Interpretation IssuesData for this indicator report are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone ownership. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters. Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond. Please see the [https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/view/docs/Query/BRFSS/BRFSS_fact_sheet_Aug2012.pdf BRFSS Method Change Factsheet]. The "missing" and "don't know" responses are not included when calculating a percentage.
- New Mexico and U.S., 2004-2017
- by County, New Mexico, 2015-2017
- by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2015-2017
- by Age and Sex, New Mexico, 2017
- by Year and Age Group, New Mexico, 2011-2017
- by Age and Health Insurance Coverage, New Mexico, 2015-2017
- by Health Region, New Mexico, 2017
- by Urban and Rural Counties, New Mexico, 2017
- by U.S. States, 2017
- by Sexual Orientation, New Mexico, 2015-2017
- by Household Income, New Mexico, 2015-2017
DefinitionPercentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported fair or poor general health.
NumeratorNumber of survey respondents who reported fair or poor general health.
DenominatorTotal number of survey respondents except those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses.
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)
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