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Have you ever been diagnosed as having cancer? CH-01 CA-01 CS17 H1 M1
During the past 12 months, how often did doctors or other health providers listen carefully to you? HC-04a
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did they explain things in a way you could understand? HC-04b C6e
How often did they show respect for what you had to say? HC-04c
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did they spend enough time with you? HC-04d C6f
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did they involve you in decisions about your health care as much as you wanted? HC-04e HS07c C6c
During the past 12 months, did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional advise you to do a stool blood test using a home test kit? CC-05
Did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever advise you to get a sigmoidoscopy? CC-17a
Did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional ever advise you to get a colonoscopy? CC-17b
A mammogram is an x-ray of each breast to look for breast cancer. During the past 12 months, did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional advise you to get a mammogram? BC-04
Think about the last time a doctor, nurse or other health professional told you that you should get a test to check for colon cancer. When did that discussion take place? BR76
Has a doctor, nurse or other health professional ever advised you to get a test to check for colon cancer? CC-04
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did they make sure you understood the things you needed to do to take care of your health? HS07d C6d
In the past 12 months, how often did you feel you could rely on your doctors, nurses, or other health care professionals to take care of your health care needs? HS07f C7 C6
Thinking about the last time a health care provider talked to you about a PSA test, which of the following statements best describes your health care provider's recommendation about PSA tests? That you should have a PSA test. That you should NOT have a PSA test. Your health care provider did not make a recommendation. PC-05
Who talked to you about getting a test to check for colon cancer? BR77a
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional? EB-21e
In the past 12 months, have you talked to a doctor, nurse, or other health professional about any kind of health information you have gotten from the Internet? HC-15 HS09 C9
Who talked to you about getting a test to check for colon cancer? BR77b
In the past 12 months when you talked with a health care professional, how interested were they in hearing about the information you found on-line? HC-16 HS10 C10
Did the {doctor, nurse, or other health professional} describe any other test? BR81
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months. how often did doctors, nurses, or other health professionals give you the chance to ask all the health-related questions you had. HS07a C6a
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did they help you deal with feelings of uncertainty about your health or health care? HS07e C6g
Thinking about the last time a health care provider talked to you about a PSA test, did your health care provider encourage you to ask questions or express any concerns you had about PSA testing? Would you say yes, definitely; yes, somewhat; or no, not at all? PC-06
Think about the last time a doctor, nurse or other health professional told you that you should get a test to check for colon cancer. Was it within the last five years? BR76a
Has a health care provider such as a doctor or nurse ever talked to you about a HPV vaccine or shot? BR65
The last time you were told you should be tested for colon cancer, did the {doctor, nurse, or other health professional} recommend to you any particular test? BR83
Has a health care provider such as a doctor or nurse ever talked to you about a PSA test? PC-04
Did you discuss your use of unconventional therapies with any of your doctors? HS06
What test did the {doctor, nurse, or other health professional} describe? BR82
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional? EB-21e
The following questions are about your communication with all doctors, nurses, or other health professionals you saw during the past 12 months…How often did doctors, nurses, or other health professionals give the attention you needed to your feelings and emotions? HS07b C6b
Has a health care provider such as a doctor or nurse ever talked to you about a HPV test? BR66
Which test to check for colon cancer did the {doctor, nurse, or other health professional} recommend to you? BR84
Who talked to you about getting a test to check for colon cancer? BR77c
In the past 12 months, did any doctor, dentist, nurse or other health professional suggest that you call or use a telephone helpline or quit line to help you quit smoking? BR52
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Brief 14: Social Context Influences Interpersonal Health CommunicationDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 14Studies have shown that a person’s social context can affect health communication access and usage, which, in turn, can affect health behaviors and outcomes, such as smoking, cancer screening, and disease.
Nov  2009
 
Brief 10: Information Support for Cancer Survivors: Cancer information seeking behaviorsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 10Many people who have been touched by cancer actively use available resources (e.g., the Internet, health care providers, newspapers, brochures, and magazines) to seek information about the disease.
June  2008
 
Brief 8: On-line Communication with Health Care Providers: eHealth behaviors and trendsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 8An emerging concept known as "eHealth" seeks to capitalize on the promise of new media technologies to facilitate equal access to timely and credible health information.
Nov  2007
 
Brief 3: Cancer Screening: Breast, cervix, and colorectalDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 3Most Americans Are Aware of Cancer Screening Tests. Knowing age and frequency recommendations remains a challenge.
Aug  2006
 
Published Articles Using HINTS Data

Lai, J. Y., Tinker, A. V., & Cheung, W. Y.  2013Factors influencing the willingness of US women to vaccinate their daughters against the human papillomavirus to prevent cervical cancer. Medical Oncology  30(2), 582.

Do Y.K., Wong K.Y. 2012Awareness and acceptability of human papillomavirus vaccine: An application of the instrumental variables bivariate probit modelBMC Public Health  12, pp.31-39

Kim, Y. S., Park, Y. S., Allegrante, J. P., Marks, R., Ok, H., Ok Cho, K., & Garber, C. E.  2012Relationship between physical activity and general mental health. Preventive Medicine  55(5), 458-463.

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