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Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to physical health difficulties. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

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Poor Physical Health Days

United States Poor Physical Health Days (2000-2013) see more
  • Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to physical health difficulties.
  • Number of days in the previous 30 days when a person indicates their activities are limited due to physical health difficulties. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
0 3.5 District of Columbia
1 2.9 Minnesota
2 3 North Dakota
3 3.2 Maryland
3 3.2 Nebraska
3 3.2 Utah
6 3.3 Iowa
6 3.3 New Jersey
6 3.3 South Dakota
9 3.4 Hawaii
9 3.4 Kansas
11 3.5 Colorado
11 3.5 Massachusetts
11 3.5 Wisconsin
11 3.5 Wyoming
15 3.6 Alaska
16 3.7 Connecticut
16 3.7 Delaware
16 3.7 New Hampshire
16 3.7 Vermont
20 3.8 California
20 3.8 Georgia
20 3.8 Illinois
20 3.8 Virginia
24 3.9 North Carolina
24 3.9 Texas
26 4 Montana
26 4 Pennsylvania
26 4 Washington
29 4.1 Idaho
29 4.1 Maine
29 4.1 New York
29 4.1 Rhode Island
29 4.1 South Carolina
34 4.2 Arizona
34 4.2 Indiana
34 4.2 Michigan
34 4.2 Missouri
34 4.2 Nevada
34 4.2 Ohio
40 4.3 Louisiana
40 4.3 New Mexico
42 4.4 Oklahoma
42 4.4 Oregon
44 4.5 Florida
45 4.6 Mississippi
45 4.6 Tennessee
47 5 Alabama
47 5 Arkansas
49 5.1 West Virginia
50 5.3 Kentucky

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Poor Physical Health Days is the average number of days in the previous 30 days that an adult could not perform work or household tasks due to physical illness. The self-reported data relies on the accuracy of each respondent’s estimate of the number of limited activity days they experienced in the previous 30 days. The 2013 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, poor physical health days from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).

Poor physical health days are a general indicator of the population’s health related quality of life. The number of poor physical health days reveals information about all cause morbidity within the population regardless of disease or health condition. Along with poor mental health days, it provides insight into perceived overall health. Poor physical health is not only an indicator of current health status but a predictor of future health and future medical care; it has been shown to be a predictor of 1-month and 12-month hospitalizations and office visits.[1]

The number of poor physical health days in the previous 30 days ranges from an average of 2.9 days in Minnesota to 5.3 days in Kentucky. The average number of poor physical health days in the previous 30 days for the United States is 4.0 days.

Healthy People 2020 use this measure as well as poor mental health days and self-assessed health status to assess the general health status of the US population.[2]



[1] Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA: Relationship of health-related quality of life to health care utilization and mortality among older adults. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2002;14:499-508.

[2] Healthy People 2020. General Health Status. http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/GenHealthAbout.aspx#physically. US Department of Health and Human Services. Updated November 15, 2011. Accessed October 22, 2013.