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HINTS 5, Cycle 3 (2019) public use data available for download

Our newest public use dataset, HINTS 5, Cycle 3 (2019), is available for download. HINTS 5, Cycle 3 (2019) features our standard health communication and health technology items, as well as extended content on behavioral risk factors for cancer, such as alcohol; diet, weight and physical activity; tobacco; sleep; and UV exposure. HINTS 5, Cycle 3 (2019) was fielded January to May 2019 (N=5,438). The dataset also includes expanded guidance on how to merge multiple HINTS datasets, how to conduct statistical modeling and inferential statistics using SPSS, as well as information on a push-to-Web mode pilot study that was fielded with HINTS 5, Cycle 3 (2019).

HINTS 5, Cycle 2 (2018) public use data available for download

Our newest public use dataset, HINTS 5, Cycle 2 (2018), is now available for download! HINTS 5, Cycle 2 includes traditional HINTS items about health communication, health information technology use, cancer knowledge, and cancer risk behaviors, as well as new items such as communication needs around caregiving and palliative care and social support. HINTS 5, Cycle 2 (2018) was fielded January to May 2018 (N=3,504). HINTS 5, Cycle 2 (2018) also includes an expanded analytics recommendations document, which includes guidance on how to merge multiple HINTS datasets and how to conduct statistical modeling and inferential statistics using SPSS.

New Videos on How to Merge HINTS Data Now Available

Learn how to merge HINTS data for statistical analysis. Dr. Rick Moser, lead HINTS methodologist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), narrates a series of videos that demonstrate how to merge data from HINTS.

In this first video, he explains the benefits of merging two or more sets of HINTS data and gives an overview of what to do within the SAS software to merge and analyze the data.

In this second video, he explains how to create indicator variables and assign value labels to distinguish between two or more survey iterations.

In this third video, he explains how to create a new, merged data set from two or more survey iterations and verify all the data is accounted for in the new set.

In this fourth video, he explains how to run a quick statistical analysis after creating a merged data set from two or more survey iterations.

In this fifth and final video, he performs a more advanced statistical analysis and explains how to handle missing data.

HINTS 5, Cycle 1 and HINTS-FDA, Cycle 2 Now Available for Download

November 8, 2017

Our newest public use dataset, HINTS 5, Cycle 1 (2017) is now available for download! HINTS 5, Cycle 1 is a collaboration with the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and merges traditional HINTS topics about health communication, cancer knowledge, and cancer risk behaviors with items assessing the public’s use of health information technology and medical records.

HINTS has also posted the HINTS-FDA, Cycle 2 (2017) public use dataset, providing insights on public perceptions about tobacco and communication related to tobacco. HINTS-FDA, Cycle 2 (2017) was developed in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.

Check Out HINTS-ASL: Health-Related Information Seeking among Deaf Adults

July 19, 2017

Recently, Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar from Gallaudet University created and administered a version of the HINTS survey in ASL (American Sign Language). Her projects focused on using an ASL version of HINTS items to understand trends in searching, finding, and sharing information for health related decision making amongst both deaf college students and adults. A video describing her research and some key findings can be found below.

Visit http://www.deafhealthqol.com/news/dhcqols-first-film-production to learn more about Dr.  Kushalnagar’s work.

HINTS Outreach Toolkit for Academic Institutions

November 16, 2016

Spread the word, HINTS-FDA data is now available for download! HINTS data is great for graduate students and researchers across all disciplines, from public health to health informatics to communication. Help us get the word out about this free data resource by using the outreach toolkit found below. This toolkit offers resources that you can distribute over social media, newsletters, or email to encourage your followers and networks to take a closer look at HINTS-FDA and consider how they might use these data in their research studies. Also, get the word out about our newest data with HINTS infocards for graduate students and educators (see below).

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HINTS How-to Webinar

September 21, 2016

On May 4, 2016, presenters from the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came together to provide an overview of HINTS, review optimal ways for analyzing HINTS data, and present case studies that used HINTS data in an interactive workshop and webinar. Videos from this webinar are now available.

New HINTS Data Now Available

June 29, 2016

In collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Office of the Commissioner, we have just released HINTS-FDA, a new nationally representative public use dataset. This dataset combines the traditional HINTS topics of health communication, cancer knowledge, and cancer risk behaviors with an assessment of the public’s knowledge of risk perceptions about new tobacco products, perceptions of tobacco product harm, tobacco product claims, diet supplement labeling, medical devices, and communications related to product recalls.

New HINTS Infographics Now Available

May 13, 2016

These infographics highlight key HINTS data points on the public's trust of health information from a variety of sources. Feel free to download and share them on social media, your website, or for an upcoming event.

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Catch HINTS at APHA 2015!

November 3, 2015

This year at the American Public Health Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, there will be 11 presentations using HINTS data! Download the schedule below and if you are in Chicago for the meeting, be sure to see one of these great talks and stop by the NCI booth to learn more about HINTS!

Catch HINTS at APHA 2015!
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HINTS Featured in Post on Social Inequalities in Cancer Information Seeking

October 12, 2015

In a recent PLOS Public Health Perspectives blog post on a study investigating the relationships between literacy, cancer fatalism, and cancer information seeking, HINTS 4, Cycle 3 data was used to conduct the analysis. One of the main findings of the study was that people with low literacy are slightly more likely to hold fatalistic cancer beliefs, which in turn acts as a barrier to seeking out information.

You can read the full post by visiting http://blogs.plos.org/publichealth/2015/09/22/info-seeking/.


New Social Media Resources for Students and Educators

August 14, 2015

Whether you are an educator or student, HINTS has data you can use. The social media outreach toolkit found below offers resources that you can disseminate to encourage your membership base and followers to take a closer look at HINTS and consider how they might use these data in their research studies. Also, get the word out about our newest 2014 data with these academia focused HINTS infocards for graduate students and educators.

HINTS Outreach Toolkit for Academic Institutions

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Download and Share HINTS Infographic and Infocards

July 16, 2015

These graphics highlight key data points both within HINTS 4, Cycle 4 and data trends across all HINTS 4 data cycles. Feel free to download and share them, so you can spread the word that HINTS 4, Cycle 4 data is now available for download (sample Tweets and Facebook messages found below).

Sample Messages:

Twitter: New HINTS 4, Cycle 4 #data are now available at http://go.usa.gov/3pYnV! #HealthData

Facebook: Here’s a HINT…new HINTS 4, Cycle 4 data available now! Visit http://go.usa.gov/3pYnV for the newest dataset!

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HINTS Featured in PLOS Public Health Perspectives Post

May 19, 2015

In a recent blog post on Google’s new health search addition featured in PLOS Public Health Perspectives, HINTS data was highlighted as one rationale for this new innovation. HINTS has shown that while people often turn to the internet first to find health information, trust in that information has been low. Google has taken steps to amend this disconnect by designing their search algorithm to provide basic health information results from a database fact-checked by physicians at the Mayo Clinic.

You can read the full post by visiting http://blogs.plos.org/publichealth/2015/02/18/google-health/.


Don’t Miss HINTS at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting!

April 14, 2015

If you are going to be at SBM 2015 taking place April 22-25 in San Antonio, TX, don’t miss the following presentations featuring HINTS.

Paper Session 41: Health Communication and Information Seeking.
Time: Saturday April 25 at 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Salon D

Willingness to Exchange Health Information Using Mobile Phones: A Quantitative Analysis.

Katrina J. Serrano, PhD, CHES, and Audie A. Atienza, PhD, National Cancer Institute Science of Research and Technology Branch, Bethesda, MD

Seeking Health Information Online among Older Adults from a National Representative Survey HINTS

Jinmyoung Cho, PhD, Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple, TX; and Y. Alicia Hong, PhD, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, College Station, TX

Other ways to get HINTS at SBM

Be sure to stop by the NCI booth (#105) during the meeting to speak with our experts about HINTS and the research and initiatives supported by NCI’s Behavioral Research Program.

Can’t make it to the meeting? Follow us on Twitter, as the @NCIHINTS account will be live tweeting presentations throughout the meeting. Feel free to jump in the meeting conversation by using the hashtag #SBM2015.