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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Health Literacy--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures

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  Total
Respond.^
Very easy Somewhat easy Somewhat difficult Very difficult
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,514 3,578 63.7 62.1-65.3 1,552 28.8 27.3-30.3 319 6.3 5.5- 7.2 65 1.2 0.8- 1.6
GENDER
Male 2,438 1,543 61.4 59.0-63.8 714 30.9 28.6-33.2 149 6.6 5.4- 8.0 32 1.1 0.7- 1.7
Female 3,076 2,035 65.7 63.5-67.8 838 27.0 25.1-29.0 170 6.1 5.1- 7.3 33 1.2 0.8- 1.9
Have Health Insurance
Yes 4,885 3,256 66.0 64.3-67.6 1,326 27.5 26.0-29.1 254 5.5 4.8- 6.4 49 1.0 0.7- 1.4
No 614 316 49.4 44.4-54.3 219 36.7 32.1-41.6 63 11.5 8.5-15.4 *** *** ***
Body Mass Index
Underweight 75 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Recommended Range 1,516 1,006 66.6 63.6-69.5 416 27.6 24.9-30.5 77 4.7 3.5- 6.3 *** *** ***
Overweight 1,837 1,205 64.0 61.2-66.7 513 29.0 26.5-31.7 102 6.4 5.1- 8.0 17 0.6 0.3- 1.0
Obese 1,702 1,078 61.1 58.1-64.0 495 30.0 27.3-32.8 105 7.1 5.6- 8.9 24 1.9 1.1- 3.1
Current Smoker
Yes 934 557 57.1 52.9-61.1 280 33.1 29.2-37.2 73 7.7 5.9-10.0 24 2.1 1.2- 3.8
No 4,555 3,006 65.1 63.4-66.8 1,262 27.9 26.3-29.5 246 6.1 5.2- 7.1 41 1.0 0.6- 1.4
History of CVD**
Yes 705 398 54.4 49.6-59.1 212 30.3 26.1-34.8 73 12.4 9.4-16.2 22 3.0 1.6- 5.3
No 4,757 3,154 65.0 63.3-66.7 1,321 28.6 27.0-30.2 242 5.6 4.8- 6.5 40 0.9 0.6- 1.3
Binge Drinker
Yes 613 388 63.7 58.9-68.2 189 29.7 25.6-34.2 32 6.3 4.2- 9.4 *** *** ***
No 4,702 3,078 64.0 62.2-65.7 1,294 28.5 26.9-30.2 275 6.3 5.5- 7.3 55 1.2 0.8- 1.7
Heavy Drinker
Yes 328 223 66.0 59.4-72.0 89 29.5 23.8-35.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
No 4,966 3,232 63.8 62.1-65.5 1,386 28.6 27.0-30.2 293 6.5 5.6- 7.4 55 1.1 0.8- 1.6
COPD
Yes 477 247 50.8 45.1-56.5 165 35.9 30.5-41.7 48 9.8 6.9-13.8 *** *** ***
No 5,023 3,325 64.9 63.2-66.5 1,382 28.2 26.7-29.8 268 5.9 5.1- 6.8 48 1.0 0.7- 1.4
Current Asthma
Yes 447 269 57.6 51.6-63.4 131 30.7 25.4-36.5 35 8.8 5.9-13.0 *** *** ***
No 5,042 3,294 64.2 62.5-65.9 1,417 28.8 27.2-30.4 278 6.0 5.2- 6.9 53 1.0 0.7- 1.5
Diabetes
Yes 810 489 60.7 56.4-64.8 245 27.8 24.2-31.7 64 10.1 7.6-13.4 *** *** ***
No 4,700 3,087 64.1 62.4-65.9 1,305 28.9 27.3-30.6 255 5.8 5.0- 6.7 53 1.1 0.8- 1.6
Disability1
Yes 1,541 859 53.1 49.9-56.3 491 32.9 29.9-36.0 157 11.5 9.6-13.9 34 2.5 1.6- 3.9
No 3,952 2,712 67.4 65.5-69.2 1,056 27.5 25.8-29.2 153 4.4 3.7- 5.3 31 0.7 0.5- 1.2
Functional Disability1
Yes 1,691 915 51.8 48.8-54.8 554 33.5 30.7-36.4 182 12.5 10.5-14.8 40 2.2 1.5- 3.4
No 3,804 2,650 68.3 66.4-70.1 995 27.1 25.4-28.9 135 3.9 3.2- 4.8 24 0.7 0.4- 1.2
Has two or more chronic diseases†
Yes 1,824 1,075 57.1 54.2-60.0 557 29.9 27.3-32.7 159 10.9 9.1-13.0 33 2.0 1.2- 3.3
No 3,692 2,503 66.2 64.3-68.1 996 28.4 26.6-30.2 161 4.6 3.8- 5.5 32 0.8 0.5- 1.3

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**History of cardiovascular disease includes history of heart attack or coronary heart disease or stroke.

†Chronic diseases include heart disease (heart attack/stoke/angina), current asthma, skin cancer, other cancer, COPD, arthritis, depression, kidney disease and diabetes.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2016 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Disability Status phasing out next year, being replaced by Functional Disability.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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