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Table 1 Original survey question and response categories with re-coded response categories 2006 BRFSS data

From: A population-based cross-sectional study of health service deficits among U.S. adults with depressive symptoms

Analysis variable Survey question Original response categories Re-coded response categories
Sex Indicate sex of respondent. Male Male
Female Female
Race and Ethnicity Which one of these groups would you say best represents your race? Race responses were combined with Hispanic variable to create the second column categories
White White, non-Hispanic Caucasian
Black or African American Black non-Hispanic African American
Asian Asian non-Hispanic Other/multiracial
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander non-Hispanic
American Indian, Alaska Native American Indian, Alaska Native non-Hispanic
Other Other non-Hispanic
Multiracial but preferred race not asked Multiracial non-Hispanic
Don’t know/Not sure, Refused Don’t know/Not sure, Refused Missing
Are you Hispanic or Latino? Yes Hispanic Hispanic
No Non-Hispanic  
Don’t know/Not Sure, Refused Don’t know/Not Sure, Refused Missing
Age Range What is your age? _ _ age in years 18 – 29
30 – 44
45 - 64
65 and older
Education What is the highest grade or year of school you completed? Never attended school or only kindergarten <High School
Grades 1 through 8 (Elementary)
Grades 9 through 11 (Some high school)
Grade 12 or GED (High school graduate) Completed High School
College 1 year to 3 years (Some college or technical school) Educated Beyond High School
College 4 years or more (College graduate)
Refused, Not asked or Missing Missing
Marital Status Are you: (marital status) Married Married or Living with Partner
A member of an unmarried couple
Divorced Unmarried and Not Living With a Partner
Widowed
Separated
Never married
Refused, Not asked or Missing Missing
Household Income Is your annual household income from all sources: Less than $10,000 Less than $25,000
Less than $15,000 ($10,000 to less than $15,000)
Less than $20,000 ($15,000 to less than $20,000)
Less than $25,000 ($20,000 to less than $25,000)
Less than $35,000 ($25,000 to less than $35,000) $25,000 to less than $50,000
Less than $50,000 ($35,000 to less than $50,000)
Less than $75,000 ($50,000 to less than $75,000) ≥ $50,000
$75,000 or more
Don’t know/Not sure, Refused and Not asked or Missing Missing
Have Health Insurance Do you have any kind of health care coverage, including health insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or government plans such as Medicare? Yes Yes
No No
Don’t know/Not Sure, Refused Missing
Have a Personal Physician Do you have one person you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider? (If “No” ask “Is there more than one or is there no person who you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?”.) Yes, only one Yes
More than one
No No
Don’t know/Not Sure, Refused, Not asked or Missing Missing
Timing of Last Routine Medical Check-up About how long has it been since you last visited a doctor for a routine checkup? [A routine checkup is a general physical exam, not an exam for a specific injury, illness, or condition.] Within past year (anytime less than 12 months ago) Within the Past 12 Months
Within past 2 years (1 year but less than 2 years ago) More than 12 Months Ago
Within past 5 years (2 years but less than 5 years ago)
5 or more years ago
Never
Don’t know/Not sure or Refused Missing
Deferment of Medical Care Because of Cost Was there a time in the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor but could not because of cost? Yes Yes
No No
Don’t know/Not sure, Refused Missing
Self-Defined Health Status Would you say that in general your health is: Excellent Good to Excellent
Very good  
Good
Fair Fair to Poor
Poor
Don’t know/Not Sure, Refused, Not asked or Missing Missing
Residency by Geographic Locale Metropolitan Status Code In the center city of an MSA Non-rural
Outside the center city of an MSA but inside the county containing the center city
Inside a suburban county of the MSA
In an MSA that has no center city Rural
Not in an MSA
Asthma Lifetime Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you had asthma? Yes Yes
No No
Don’t know/Not Sure Missing
Refused
Not asked or Missing
Diabetes Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes? Yes Have Diabetes
Yes, but female told only during pregnancy Do not Have Diabetes
No
No, pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes
Don’t know/Not Sure System Missing
Refused
Not asked or Missing
CVD Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever told you that you had any of the following? Angina or coronary heart disease. Yes Have CVD
No Do Not Have CVD
Don’t know/Not Sure System Missing
Refused
Activity Limitation Due to Health Problems Are you limited in any way in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems? Yes Have Limitations B/C Health
No Do not Have Health Related Limitations
Don’t know/Not Sure System Missing
Refused
Children < =18 in Household How many children less than 18 years of age live in your household? Number of childrenNotes: _ _ = Number of children At Least One Child
None No Children
Don’t know/Not Sure System Missing
Refused
Leisure Time Physical Activity Adults that report doing physical activity or exercise during the past 30 days other than their regular job Had physical activity or exercise Participated in leisure time PA
No physical activity or exercise in last 30 days Inactive
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Employment Status Are you currently: Employed for wages Employed
Self-employed
Out of work for more than 1 year Unemployed
Out of work for less than 1 year
A homemaker Not Working By Choice
A student
Retired
Unable to work Unable to Work
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System missing
Get Needed Emotional Support How often do you get the social and emotional support you need? Always Sometimes to Always
Usually
Sometimes
Rarely Rarely to Never
Never
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Satisfaction with life In general, how satisfied are you with your life? Very satisfied Satisfied to Very Satisfied
Satisfied
Dissatisfied Dissatisfied to Very Dissatisfied
Very dissatisfied
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Smoking Status How often do you smoke? smokes every day smoker
smokes some days
Former smoker Non-Smoker
Never smoked
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
BMI Calculated from height and weight Neither overweight nor obese Neither overweight nor obese
Overweight Overweight
Obese Obese
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Binge Drinking Binge drinkers (males having five or more drinks on one occasion, females having four or more drinks on one occasion) No Not a Binge Drinker
Yes Binge Drinker
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Heavy Alcohol Consumption Heavy drinkers (adult men having more than two drinks per day and adult women having more than one drink per day) No Not a Heavy Consumer of Alcohol
Yes Heavy Consumer of Alcohol
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing
Depression Lifetime Has a doctor or other healthcare provider EVER told you that you have a depressive disorder (including depression, major depression, dysthymia, or minor depression)? Yes Have depressive disorder
No Do not have depressive disorder
Don’t know/Refused/Missing System Missing