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April 28-30, 2015
Arlington, VA

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Appendix D


National Data Sets

Table of Contents • Introduction • What Do I Need to Get Started? •  Falls Free® Logic Model  • Standard Set of Survey Questions • Next Steps • Appendix 

National data sets some coalitions and public health departments find useful include:

  • The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. In 2009 the BRFSS had two fall incident/consequence questions: 
    • 15.1 In the past 3 months, how many times have you fallen? 
    • 15.2 [Fill in “did this fall (from Q 15.1) cause an injury?”] If only one fall from Q15.1 and response is “Yes” (caused an injury); How many of these falls caused an injury  By an injury, we mean the fall caused you to limit your regular activities for at least a day or to go see a doctor.  


  • States have an opportunity to suggest state-specific BRFSS questions; cost will vary but if states have an opportunity we recommend enfolding the following questions:
    1. In the past 12 months, have you done things to reduce your chance of falling?
        a. Yes
        b. No
        c. Don’t Know/Not Sure
        d. Refused
    2. In the past 12 months, have you done anything to help an older person reduce his/her chance of falling?
        a. Yes
        b. No
        c. Don’t Know/Not Sure
        d. Refused


  • WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data including older adult fatal and nonfatal falls.


  • Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced "H-Cup") is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP databases bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data. The HCUPnet is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

In addition, it is important to identify and include local and other state data sets that are relevant; state Departments of Public Health, members’ organizational data collection processes, ADRCs and others can often provide meaningful and useful data for measuring and assessing activities, referral patterns, and resource requirements. 

Other ongoing surveillance and evaluation (program) activities can provide additional, rich data that should be enfolded; if activities include the dissemination of programs, program data and feedback can be useful in measuring coalition influence. 


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