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Worker Health Charts

Chronic Conditions (BRFSS) Charts
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2016-2020

These charts show the prevalence among workers of ever being diagnosed with the following chronic conditions: asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. See the data dictionary for definitions of Chronic Conditions.When charting by occupation or industry, you may choose between adjusted or unadjusted results. When charting by demographic variables, the “Advanced” button will allow you to either “filter” to see results for a single industry, or “group” to see results for multiple industries. Hovering the mouse pointer over the chart bars will show more information or allow you to drill down to more detailed industries or occupations (if available).Please note that BRFSS population estimates are not national estimates, as data are limited to those states that collected industry and occupation information.

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Unadjusted Prevalence of Chronic Conditions (BRFSS) Among Workers

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2016-2020
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Unadjusted Prevalence of Chronic Conditions (BRFSS) Among Workers

Chronic Conditions (BRFSS)Estimated Population N (Annual Average)Estimated Population N with Condition (Annual Average)Unadjusted Prevalence (%) (a)95% LCL for Unadjusted Prevalence (c)95% UCL for Unadjusted Prevalence (d)Adjusted Prevalence (%) (a,b)95% LCL for Adjusted Prevalence (c)95% UCL for Adjusted Prevalence (d)
Currently Have Asthma115,576,0008,700,0007.537.357.717.927.748.10
Ever Diagnosed with Asthma116,041,00014,946,00012.8812.6613.1113.2813.0513.51
Ever Diagnosed with Cancer other than Skin Cancer116,127,0004,277,0003.683.583.794.974.825.12
Ever Diagnosed with COPD115,959,0003,475,0003.002.903.103.513.393.64
Ever Diagnosed with CVD (Stroke, Heart Attack, or CHD/Angina)115,615,0004,456,0003.853.723.994.554.414.70
Ever Diagnosed with Depression115,831,00016,481,00014.2314.0114.4515.3915.1515.63
Ever Diagnosed with Diabetes116,113,0007,583,0006.536.376.696.816.656.98
Ever Diagnosed with High Blood Cholesterol (2017, 2019)92,775,00023,592,00025.4324.9525.9225.7825.3326.24
Ever Diagnosed with Hypertension (2017, 2019)102,550,00024,507,00023.9023.4624.3425.7125.2926.14
Ever Diagnosed with Kidney Disease116,086,0001,731,0001.491.411.571.671.581.76
Ever Diagnosed with Some Form of Arthritis115,806,00017,827,00015.3915.1715.6218.2518.0118.50

Estimates are based on a sample of US adults rather than the entire population. Comparisons between unadjusted or adjusted prevalence rates for different groups should take into account the 95% confidence limits
Estimates adjusted for age, sex, and race using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population.
LCL is the Lower Confidence Limit.
UCL is the Upper Confidence Limit.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2016-2020
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2016-2020

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world, conducting telephone interviews with more than 400,000 U.S. adults each year. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect information on health conditions and risk factors from the non-institutionalized adult population. Since 2013 NIOSH has sponsored an optional module designed to collect industry and occupation (I & O) data, and many states have incorporated this module into their survey. Learn more about this data and how it is used at the BRFSS Topic Page.

v2.1 - Nov 2020