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Important Facts for Adults Reporting Good, Very Good or Excellent Health

Definition

Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported good, very good or excellent general health

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who rated their health as good, very good or excellent

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of adults in the survey reporting good, very good or excellent health may differ from the true prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the true value is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Self-reported health is often used as a measure of overall population health. In 2009, North Carolina ranked 41st among all states for this measure." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

How Do We Compare With U.S.?

In 2009, North Carolina ranked 41st among all states for this measure.

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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