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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

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

You can find written information about health on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines, and in brochures in the doctor’s office and clinic. In general, how difficult is it for you to understand written health information? Would you say it is…

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  Total
Respond.^
Very easy Somewhat easy Somewhat difficult Very difficult I don't pay attention to health information
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,505 3,384 61.1 59.5-62.7 1,471 26.1 24.7-27.6 310 6.1 5.3- 7.0 99 1.9 1.4- 2.4 241 4.8 4.1- 5.6
GENDER
Male 2,438 1,426 58.0 55.6-60.4 673 27.4 25.2-29.6 151 6.6 5.4- 8.0 48 2.0 1.4- 2.9 140 6.1 5.0- 7.4
Female 3,067 1,958 63.9 61.7-66.0 798 25.0 23.2-27.0 159 5.7 4.6- 6.9 51 1.7 1.2- 2.4 101 3.7 2.9- 4.6
Have Health Insurance
Yes 4,878 3,063 62.9 61.2-64.5 1,281 25.6 24.2-27.1 253 5.4 4.6- 6.3 76 1.5 1.1- 2.0 205 4.6 3.9- 5.4
No 613 313 49.4 44.4-54.3 186 29.8 25.5-34.5 55 10.5 7.5-14.5 23 4.2 2.4- 7.0 36 6.2 4.2- 9.0
Body Mass Index
Underweight 75 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Recommended Range 1,511 959 63.8 60.8-66.8 378 24.6 22.0-27.3 90 6.4 4.9- 8.3 33 1.9 1.2- 2.8 51 3.4 2.4- 4.7
Overweight 1,831 1,117 59.6 56.8-62.4 500 27.5 25.0-30.1 97 5.1 4.0- 6.4 26 2.0 1.2- 3.2 91 5.9 4.6- 7.5
Obese 1,703 1,019 60.2 57.3-63.1 480 26.4 24.0-29.1 92 6.3 4.9- 8.1 32 2.0 1.2- 3.0 80 5.1 3.9- 6.7
Current Smoker
Yes 937 521 53.8 49.7-57.9 253 29.3 25.6-33.2 83 9.0 6.8-11.7 26 2.2 1.3- 3.6 54 5.8 4.2- 8.0
No 4,545 2,846 62.7 60.9-64.4 1,215 25.5 24.0-27.0 226 5.5 4.7- 6.4 72 1.8 1.3- 2.4 186 4.6 3.9- 5.5
History of CVD**
Yes 708 346 46.5 41.9-51.2 214 30.5 26.3-35.0 75 11.2 8.4-14.8 22 4.6 2.6- 7.9 51 7.1 5.1- 9.9
No 4,745 3,020 63.1 61.4-64.8 1,236 25.5 24.0-27.1 229 5.4 4.6- 6.3 73 1.4 1.1- 1.9 187 4.5 3.8- 5.3
Binge Drinker
Yes 613 388 63.7 58.9-68.2 156 24.7 20.8-29.1 32 5.8 3.7- 9.0 *** *** *** 27 4.3 2.8- 6.6
No 4,695 2,893 61.2 59.4-62.9 1,254 26.2 24.7-27.8 261 5.9 5.1- 6.9 83 1.9 1.4- 2.4 204 4.9 4.1- 5.7
Heavy Drinker
Yes 327 223 68.7 62.2-74.6 71 20.6 15.7-26.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
No 4,957 3,046 61.1 59.4-62.8 1,330 26.3 24.8-27.9 279 6.1 5.2- 7.0 86 1.8 1.3- 2.3 216 4.7 4.0- 5.6
COPD
Yes 478 226 44.5 38.9-50.2 144 30.4 25.4-35.9 54 12.3 8.8-17.1 *** *** *** 39 8.8 6.2-12.4
No 5,013 3,154 62.7 61.0-64.4 1,322 25.7 24.3-27.2 254 5.5 4.7- 6.4 81 1.6 1.2- 2.1 202 4.5 3.8- 5.3
Current Asthma
Yes 446 257 55.9 49.9-61.7 112 25.5 20.7-31.0 36 9.3 6.2-13.9 *** *** *** 25 5.7 3.4- 9.4
No 5,035 3,117 61.7 60.0-63.3 1,354 26.2 24.8-27.7 273 5.8 5.0- 6.7 81 1.7 1.2- 2.2 210 4.6 3.9- 5.4
Diabetes
Yes 808 438 54.0 49.7-58.3 232 26.9 23.3-30.8 69 9.7 7.3-12.9 26 3.5 2.2- 5.5 43 5.8 4.0- 8.5
No 4,692 2,945 62.2 60.5-63.9 1,235 25.9 24.4-27.5 241 5.6 4.8- 6.5 73 1.6 1.2- 2.2 198 4.7 4.0- 5.5
Disability1
Yes 1,539 773 48.2 45.0-51.4 481 31.1 28.2-34.2 143 10.3 8.4-12.6 50 3.9 2.7- 5.7 92 6.5 5.1- 8.2
No 3,945 2,604 65.6 63.8-67.4 983 24.4 22.8-26.0 165 4.7 3.9- 5.7 47 1.1 0.8- 1.6 146 4.2 3.4- 5.0
Functional Disability1
Yes 1,691 811 46.8 43.8-49.9 540 31.3 28.6-34.1 163 10.8 8.9-13.0 69 4.6 3.3- 6.2 108 6.5 5.2- 8.2
No 3,794 2,559 66.6 64.7-68.4 927 24.1 22.5-25.8 146 4.3 3.5- 5.3 30 0.8 0.5- 1.3 132 4.1 3.4- 5.0
Has two or more chronic diseases†
Yes 1,825 985 51.9 49.0-54.8 525 28.2 25.7-30.9 153 9.2 7.5-11.2 55 3.9 2.7- 5.5 107 6.8 5.4- 8.6
No 3,682 2,399 64.8 62.8-66.6 947 25.3 23.7-27.1 157 4.9 4.0- 5.9 44 1.1 0.7- 1.5 135 4.0 3.3- 4.9

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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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