HINTS Reports and Materials


Books & Reports

Integrative analytic methods using population-level cross-sectional data Integrative analytic methods using population-level cross-sectional data

(2013). Moser, R. P., Naveed, S., Cantor, D., Blake, K. D., Rutten, L. J. F., Ramirez, A. S., Liu, B., & Yu, M.

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Cover image: Analytic Methods to Examine Changes Across Years Using HINTS 2003 & 2005 Data Analytic Methods to Examine Changes Across Years Using HINTS 2003 & 2005 Data

A handbook that provides instructions on how to combine the data files, includes sample SAS/SUDAAN and STATA code for carrying out the procedures

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Cover image: Special Issue of Journal of Health Communication (2010 Dec):15;Supp3. Partners in
                Progress: Informing the Practice of Health Communication Through National Surveillance Special Issue of Journal of Health Communication (2010 Dec):15;Supp3.

Partners in Progress: Informing the Practice of Health Communication Through National Surveillance.


Finney Rutten LJ, Blake K, Moser RP, Hesse BW (Guest Editors). Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Cover image: Special Issue of Journal of Health Communication (2006 May):11;Supp1. The Health
                Information National Trends Survey (HINTS): Research from the Baseline Special Issue of Journal of Health Communication (2006 May):11;Supp1.

The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS): Research from the Baseline.

Hesse BW, Moser RP Finney Rutten LJ, Kreps GL (Guest Editors). Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Cover image: Building the Evidence Base in Cancer Communication Building the Evidence Base in Cancer Communication.

(2011) Rutten, Hesse, Moser & Kreps (Eds.) Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc.
Cover image: Cancer Communication Health Information National Trends Survey 2003 and 2005 Cancer Communication Health Information National Trends Survey 2003 and 2005
Offers a snapshot at two different points in time of how the American public (18 years and older) is responding to changes in the health information environment, as well as a suggestive look at how the public responds within that environment to questions about cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment

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HINTS Overview Materials

HINTS Health Information National Trends Survey Brochure HINTS Health Information National Trends Survey Brochure

Summary brochure describing the survey, its respondents, how the data can be used, and how HINTS helps researchers, planners, and the American public.

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HINTS Factsheet

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English (updated 11/17/2014) PDF

español (updated 12/2/2009) PDF

Scientific Publications Using HINTS

To see a list of peer-reviewed publications using HINTS data visit Published Articles Using HINTS Data.


HINTS Users Meeting (January 9-10, 2014)

Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the meeting focused on research using HINTS data and the application of HINTS research to public health and clinical care.

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HINTS Data Terms of Use

It is of utmost importance to ensure the confidentiality of survey participants. Every effort has been made to exclude identifying information on individual respondents from the computer files. Some demographic information such as sex, race, etc., has been included for research purposes. NCI expects that users of the data set will adhere to the strictest standards of ethical conduct for the analysis and reporting of nationally collected survey data. It is mandatory that all research results be presented/published in a manner that protects the integrity of the data and ensures the confidentiality of participants.

In order for the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to provide a public-use or another version of data to you, it is necessary that you agree to the following provisions.

  1. You will not present/publish data in which an individual can be identified. Publication of small cell sizes should be avoided.
  2. You will not attempt to link nor permit others to link the data with individually identified records in another database.
  3. You will not attempt to learn the identity of any person whose data are contained in the supplied file(s).
  4. If the identity of any person is discovered inadvertently, then the following should be done;
    1. no use will be made of this knowledge,
    2. the HINTS Program staff will be notified of the incident,
    3. no one else will be informed of the discovered identity.
  5. You will not release nor permit others to release the data in full or in part to any person except with the written approval of the HINTS Program staff.
  6. If accessing the data from a centralized location on a time sharing computer system or LAN, you will not share your logon name and password with any other individuals. You will also not allow any other individuals to use your computer account after you have logged on with your logon name and password.
  7. For all software provided by the HINTS Program, you will not copy, distribute, reverse engineer, profit from its sale or use, or incorporate it in any other software system.
  8. The source of information should be cited in all publications. The appropriate citation is associated with the data file used. Please see Suggested Citations in the Download HINTS Data section of this Web site, or the Readme.txt associated with the ASCII text version of the HINTS data.
  9. Analyses of large HINTS domains usually produce reliable estimates, but analyses of small domains may yield unreliable estimates, as indicated by their large variances. The analyst should pay particular attention to the standard error and coefficient of variation (relative standard error) for estimates of means, proportions, and totals, and the analyst should report these when writing up results. It is important that the analyst realizes that small sample sizes for particular analyses will tend to result in unstable estimates.
  10. You may receive periodic e-mail updates from the HINTS administrators.