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General Health Status: Good, Very Good, or Excellent, by Age Group and Sex, New Jersey, 2018-2021

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Why Is This Important?

Self-rated health (SRH) is an independent predictor of important health outcomes including mortality, morbidity, and functional status. It is considered to be a reliable indicator of a person's perceived health and is a good global assessment of a person's well being.


Percentage of adults in designated subgroup who reported good, very good, or excellent general health Question Text: "Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?"

Data Notes

2019 data is not included in the average estimated prevalence. No data were collected in 2019.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Weighted number of survey respondents in designated subgroup who reported good, very good, or excellent general health
  • Denominator:

    Weighted total number of survey respondents in designated subgroup except those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses

Data Issues

Data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey are intended to be representative of all non-institutionalized adult residents of New Jersey. Due to resource issues, however, adults with limited personal access to phone service or limited command of either English or Spanish are not represented. As with all surveys, also, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions), and faulty measurement (e.g., responses affected by social desirability or recall error). Data collection procedures intended to minimize such errors include the use of strict calling protocols, good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision. Statistical weighting procedures are also used to minimize the potential impact of disproportionate representation of demographic subgroups defined in terms of age, sex, race, ethnicity, education level, marital status, home ownership, and county of residence. (See also [[a href="query/BRFSSQueryTechNotes.html" Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Description and Technical Notes]].)

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

  • Health Initiative: HNJ2020

    Healthy NJ 2020 Objective OA-5

    NJ Target: Reduce the percentage of non-institutionalized persons 65+ years and older reporting fair or poor health status to 21.5 percent for the total population, 29.3% for Blacks, 44.7% for Hispanics, and 17.1% for Whites by 2020

Health Topic Pages Related to: General Health Status

Indicator Data Last Updated On 05/24/2024, Published on 06/05/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: (