Why can't I generate a map of the PRAMS data?
Maps are not avialable due to the way that the data is collected and the confidentiality
of PRAMS data. This data is only a sample of live births in South Carolina and are
intended to give an indication of risk factors on a statewide level not for individual
counties or zip codes.
Why do some of the frequencies or percents jump around so much between years when
they have relatively large numbers?
The large jumps in frequencies and percents in some categories between years is
due to the over sampling and weighting methods that the data goes through. For more
information about the sampling and weighting techniques please see the
About PRAMS page.
How was I (the woman) selected to receive the PRAMS survey?
South Carolina residents that have delivered a live birth can be selected to receive
Do the women have to fill it out?
No, participation is voluntary.
Will anyone know how the woman answers her questions?
All survey information is confidential and will only remain in the offices of the
PRAMS staff. The data is grouped together with information from other women's survey
answers and no one's answers can be identified in that way. We are required by law
to report instances of child abuse based on the answers of some of the questions.
What do you do with the questionnaire answers?
All of the data is grouped together every year. The data are weighted in order to
make the information generalizable to the state of SC. The PRAMS staff creates special
reports and databooks every year to present that year's findings. Agencies across
the state also use our data for maternal and child health issues. Legislation can
use our data to implement policy.
How is this project funded?
We apply for federal grant money, from the CDC, every year to carry out this surveillance
project. The Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Services within
the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also help support
Is PRAMS data available to outside researchers?
Yes. Researchers interested in analyzing multi-state PRAMS data may send an inquiry
Requests to analyze individual state data should be directed to the respective state
Where are the Prams offices and how can I contact you?
PRAMS is housed in the Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS, Office of Public
Health Statistics and Information Services at the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control. You may reach the PRAMS office by calling our toll-free