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H1 = HINTS 1 (2003)

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H3 = HINTS 3 (2008)

H4Cyc1 = HINTS 4 Cycle 1 (2011)

H4Cyc2 = HINTS 4 Cycle 2 (2012)

H4Cyc3 = HINTS 4 Cycle 3 (2013)

H4Cyc4 = HINTS 4 Cycle 4 (2014)

FDA = HINTS FDA (2015)

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During the past 12 months, not counting times you went to an emergency room, how many times did you go to a doctor, nurse, or other health professional to get care for yourself?
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The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

The double-edged sword of electronic health records: implications for patient disclosure. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

Analyzing factors associated with women's attitudes and behaviors toward screening mammography using design-based logistic regression. View questions related to this article

Factors influencing the willingness of US women to vaccinate their daughters against the human papillomavirus to prevent cervical cancer. View questions related to this article

Asian and Hispanic Americans’ cancer fatalism and colon cancer screening. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic Status, Attitudes on Use of Health Information, Preventive Behaviors, and Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies: Using A U.S. National Representative Sample. View questions related to this article

Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

Isolated and skeptical: Social engagement and trust in information sources among smokers. View questions related to this article

Preliminary evidence for mediation of the association between acculturation and sun-safe behaviors. View questions related to this article

What do people affected by cancer think about electronic health information exchange? Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Electronic Health Information Exchange Survey and the 2008 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with Americans' ratings of health care quality: what do they tell us about the raters and the health care system? View questions related to this article

The relationship between health information sources and mental models of cancer: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article

Too much of a good thing? Physician practices and patient willingness for less frequent pap test screening intervals. View questions related to this article

Internet health information in the patient-provider dialogue. View questions related to this article

Media use and health information seeking: An empirical test of complementarity theory. View questions related to this article

Improving rates for screening colonoscopy: Analysis of the health information national trends survey (HINTS I) data. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Cancer knowledge and disparities in the information age. View questions related to this article

Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Systems and individual factors associated with smoking status: evidence from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with men's use of prostate-specific antigen screening: evidence from Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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Not including psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, is there a particular doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you see most often?
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The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Patient perceptions of electronic medical records use and ratings of care quality. View questions related to this article

An evaluation of healthcare information on the Internet: the case of colorectal cancer prevention. View questions related to this article

Health care avoidance among people with serious psychological distress: Analyses of 2007 health information national trends survey. View questions related to this article

Are there socioeconomic disparities in women having discussions on human papillomavirus vaccine with health care providers? View questions related to this article

Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Contribution of communication inequalities to disparities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine awareness and knowledge. View questions related to this article

Knowledge and intention to participate in cervical cancer screening after the human papillomavirus vaccine. View questions related to this article

Cancer-related direct-to-consumer advertising: A critical review. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with Americans' ratings of health care quality: what do they tell us about the raters and the health care system? View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Consumers' perceptions about and use of the internet for personal health records and health information exchange: analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors. View questions related to this article

Beliefs, risk perceptions, and gaps in knowledge as barriers to colorectal cancer screening in older adults. View questions related to this article

Improving rates for screening colonoscopy: Analysis of the health information national trends survey (HINTS I) data. View questions related to this article

Health behaviors in cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Screening practices in cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Associations of perceived risk and worry with cancer health-protective actions: data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Cancer-related information seeking: hints from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Systems and individual factors associated with smoking status: evidence from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with men's use of prostate-specific antigen screening: evidence from Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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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?
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?
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?
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Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

The Confidence of Health Information Seeking Behaviors from the Internet. View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

An evaluation of healthcare information on the Internet: the case of colorectal cancer prevention. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with Colorectal Cancer screening. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

Patient numeracy, perceptions of provider communication, and colorectal cancer screening utilization. View questions related to this article

The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Perceptions about collaborative decisions: perceived provider effectiveness among 2003 and 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) respondents. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic status, statistical confidence, and patient-provider communication: an analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2007). View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article

An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Perceptions of health care provider communication activity among American cancer survivors and Adults Without Cancer Histories: an analysis of the 2003 Health Information Trends Survey (HINTS) Data. View questions related to this article

The Role of Patient-Centeredness in Predicting Compliance with Mammogram Recommendations: An Analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Understanding health inequalities for uninsured Americans: a population-wide survey. View questions related to this article

Communication and colorectal cancer screening among the uninsured: data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (United States). View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with patients' perceptions of health care providers' communication behavior. View questions related to this article



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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?
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Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with Colorectal Cancer screening. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

Patient numeracy, perceptions of provider communication, and colorectal cancer screening utilization. View questions related to this article

The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic status, statistical confidence, and patient-provider communication: an analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2007). View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article



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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?
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Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

The Confidence of Health Information Seeking Behaviors from the Internet. View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with Colorectal Cancer screening. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

Patient numeracy, perceptions of provider communication, and colorectal cancer screening utilization. View questions related to this article

The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic status, statistical confidence, and patient-provider communication: an analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2007). View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article

Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors. View questions related to this article



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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?
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Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with Colorectal Cancer screening. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

Patient numeracy, perceptions of provider communication, and colorectal cancer screening utilization. View questions related to this article

The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic status, statistical confidence, and patient-provider communication: an analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2007). View questions related to this article

Consumers' perceptions about and use of the internet for personal health records and health information exchange: analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article



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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?
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Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Association of Smoking Cessation and Intentions to Quit: Role of Occupational Status, Health Professional’s Support, and Perceived Risk. View questions related to this article

Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans. View questions related to this article

Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior. View questions related to this article

The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with Colorectal Cancer screening. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities. View questions related to this article

Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic status, statistical confidence, and patient-provider communication: an analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2007). View questions related to this article

Perceptions of Health Care Communication: Examining the Roleof Patients’ Psychological Distress. View questions related to this article



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Overall, how would you rate the quality of health care you received in the past 12 months?
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Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors' receipt of treatment summaries and implications for patient-centered communication and quality of care View questions related to this article

The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role? View questions related to this article

Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality View questions related to this article

Characteristics and health perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine users in the United States. View questions related to this article

The double-edged sword of electronic health records: implications for patient disclosure. View questions related to this article

Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior. View questions related to this article

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups. View questions related to this article

Patient perceptions of electronic medical records use and ratings of care quality. View questions related to this article

Weight Management Information Overload Challenges in 2007 HINTS: Socioeconomic, Health Status and Behaviors Correlates. View questions related to this article

Socioeconomic Status, Attitudes on Use of Health Information, Preventive Behaviors, and Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies: Using A U.S. National Representative Sample. View questions related to this article

Health Numeracy Confidence among Racial/Ethnic Minorities in HINTS 2007: Sociodemographic, Attitudinal, and Knowledge Correlates. View questions related to this article

The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with Americans' ratings of health care quality: what do they tell us about the raters and the health care system? View questions related to this article



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About how long has it been since you last visited a doctor for a routine checkup? A routine checkup is a general physical exam, not an exam for a specific injury, illness, or condition.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Outdoor air pollution.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Indoor air pollution.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Man-made chemicals in the water.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Pesticides and other chemicals on food.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Radiation from cell phones.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Radiation from medical imaging tests such as x-rays, mammography, radioactive dyes, etc.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Chemicals in household items such as plastic containers, furniture, paint, etc.
How much do you worry that each of the following will harm your health? Chemicals in personal care products such as make-up, fragrances, hair products, etc.
Did a doctor ever tell you that some experts disagree about whether men should have PSA tests?
Has a doctor or other health care professional ever told you that...The PSA test is not always accurate?
Has a doctor or other health care professional ever told you that...Some types of prostate cancer are slow-growing and need no treatment?
Has a doctor or other health care professional ever told you that...Treating any type of prostate cancer can lead to serious side-effects, such as problems with urination or having sex?
Do you have any other health care coverage plan for yourself (please do not include dental or vision plans)?
Have you ever had any of the following type(s) of genetic tests? Mark all that apply.
If you had a genetic test, with whom did you personally share the results?
How important is it to know your family's health history for your own health?
Since October of 2013, have you tried to get health insurance for yourself through the new federal health care law (e.g., from healthcare.gov or a state website)?
In the past 12 months, when getting care for a medical problem, was there a time when you had to bring an X-ray, MRI, or other type of test result with you to the appointment?
In the past 12 months, when getting care for a medical problem, was there a time when you had to wait for test results longer than you thought reasonable?
In the past 12 months, when getting care for a medical problem, was there a time when you had to redo a test or procedure because the earlier test results were not available?
In the past 12 months, when getting care for a medical problem, was there a time when you had to provide your medical history again because your chart could not be found?
Are you currently covered by insurance through a current or former employer or union?
Are you currently covered by insurance purchased directly from an insurance company?
Are you currently covered by Medicare, for people 65 and older, or people with certain disabilities?
Are you currently covered by Medicaid, Medical Assistance, or any kind of government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or a disability
Are you currently covered by TRICARE or other military health care
Are you currently covered by VA (including those who have ever used or enrolled for VA health care)
Are you currently covered by any other type of health insurance or health coverage plan?
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