Interesting health related story on the KXNV-TV website. It focuses on a phone survey that appears to come from the Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS). One woman wrote the television station concerned that the phone survey asked for personal information and she wondered if it might be a scam. Take a look at an example from one of the pages of the survey below. As we understand, the caller used this script to ask questions over the phone.
Turns out, the survey is legit. From the ABC15 news story:
Yes, the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) is contacting thousands of Arizonans.
They’ll ask dozens of health behavior questions.
Some are bout lifestyle, physical activity, depression, even questions about prescription drug use and sexual activity.
But they say phone numbers are chosen randomly, it’s totally anonymous and you don’t have to take it.
They hope you do because they say it helps guide public health programs.
Interviewers must identify themselves as with the department and will never ask questions that could identify you.
The survey is called the Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Questionnaire. The full survey can be found here.
According to the AzDHS website, “The Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone survey has been in existence since 1984 and is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This surveillance collects data from Arizona adults aged 18 and over living at home.”
Share your thoughts on the survey and whether you think it can be used to improve health in our state. Finding new ways to drive better health will help us as we work toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!