The New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS) is an ongoing health survey of New Jersey residents. It is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a component of the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
The primary purpose of the BRFSS is to monitor major behavioral risk factors and chronic conditions associated with disability and death among adults. Only adults aged 18 and over who live in a private home (i.e., not in dormitories, jails, hospitals or nursing homes) can participate in the survey.
BRFSS results are used to monitor selected public health objectives related to disease prevention and healthy behaviors as outlined in the federal Healthy People initiative. The NJBRFS is used similarly to track progress towards Healthy New Jersey objectives.
The NJBRFS has grown significantly since it launched in 1991. Through 1995, the survey included about 125 residents per month. The sample size approximately doubled in 1996 and again in 2001, and ultimately stabilized at an average of about 1,000 respondents per month in 2003.