Mercer County Public Health Profile Report
Self-Reported Cholesterol Screening: Estimated Percent (Age-adjusted), 2013-2017 (Odd Years)
Mercer82.9 95% Confidence Interval(79.8 - 85.6)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State83.3 U.S. NANA=Data not available.
Mercer Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Cholesterol testing is considered a necessary preventive health care measure. High blood cholesterol has been linked to hardening of the arteries, heart disease, as well an increased risk of death from heart attacks.
How Are We Doing?In 2017, approximately 90% of New Jersey adults have had their blood cholesterol checked by a health professional within the past five years. Whites (88.4%) have a significantly lower prevalence of cholesterol screenings compared to Asians (93%), Blacks (91.3%) and Hispanics (90.7%).
What Is Being Done?The National Diabetes Education Program has instituted the ABC campaign which promotes the screening for A1c (blood glucose), Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol as monitoring measures to help control diabetes and heart disease. Heart disease is a major complication of diabetes and the Department of Health has suggested that target values for A1c , Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol be established by health providers in partnership with patients based on their individual circumstances.
Healthy People Objective HDS-6:Increase the proportion of adults who have had their blood cholesterol checked within the preceding 5 years
U.S. Target: 82.1 percent (age-adjusted)
State Target: 86.7 percent (age-adjusted)
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Measure Description for Self-Reported Cholesterol Screening
Definition: Proportion of adults aged 18 and older who have had their blood cholesterol checked by a health professional within the past five years.
Numerator: Number of persons aged 18 and over interviewed for this survey who reported that they have had their blood cholesterol level checked in the past five years
Denominator: Total number of persons aged 18 and older interviewed during the same survey period