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Internet Use
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer on the Internet?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer on the Internet?
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?
Do you ever go on-line to access the Internet or World Wide Web, or to send and receive e-mail?
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Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors. View questions related to this article

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Breast and colorectal cancer screening and sources of cancer information among older women in the United States: results from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

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In the past 12 months, have you done the following things while using the Internet? Looked for health or medical information for yourself?
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In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Bought medicine or vitamins on-line
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In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Used e-mail or the Internet to communicate with a doctor or doctor’s office
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Read HINTS Briefs
When was the last time you used the Internet to look for information about health or medical care?
The last time you used the Internet to look for information about health or medical care, was this from. . . home, from work, or from someplace else?
Did you get to this web site by doing an Internet search, or did you find out about it some other way?
When you use the Internet, do you access it through… A regular dial-up telephone line
When you use the Internet, do you access it through… Broadband such as DSL, cable or FiOS
When you use the Internet, do you access it through… A cellular network (i.e., telephone, 3G/4G)
When you use the Internet, do you access it through… A wireless network (Wi-Fi)
Is there a specific Internet site you like to go to for health or medical information?
In the past 12 months, have you used the Internet to look for information about cancer for yourself?
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? To visit a social networking site, such as Facebook or LinkedIn?
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? To write in an online diary or blog (i.e., Web log)?
Sometimes people use the Internet to connect with other people online through social networks like Facebook or Twitter. This is often called "social media."In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Participated in an online forum or support group for people with a similar health or medical issue
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Watched a health-related video on YouTube?
In the past 12 months, have you used any of the following to exchange medical information with a health care professional?
Please indicate if you have one of the following electronic devices…Tablet, Smartphone,Cell Phone, Etc..
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? General Health Tips
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Medication Reminders
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Lab Test Results
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Diagnostic information (e.g., medical illnesses or diseases)
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Vital signs (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, etc.)
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Lifestyle behaviors (e.g., physical activity, food intake, sleep patterns, etc.)
How willing would you be to exchange the following types of medical information with a health care provider electronically through your mobile phone or tablet? Symptoms (e.g., nausea, pain, dizziness, etc.)
On your tablet or smartphone, do you have any software applications or apps related to health?
Have the apps on your smartphone or tablet related to health helped you achieve a health-related goal such as quitting smoking, losing weight,or increasing physical activity?
Have the apps on your smartphone or tablet related to health helped you make a decision about how to treat an illness or condition?
Have the apps on your smartphone or tablet related to health led you to ask a doctor new questions, or to get a second opinion from another doctor?
How often do you access the Internet through a computer at school?
How often do you access the Internet through a computer in a public place?
How often do you access the Internet through a gaming device/ smart TV?
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Shared health information on social media sites?
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Exchanged support about health concerns with family or friends?
In the last 12 months, have you used the Internet for any of the following reasons? Exchanged support about health concerns with family or friends? Kept track of personal health information such as care received, test results, or upcoming medical appointments?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to look for health or medical information for yourself?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to look for health or medical information for someone else?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to buy medicine or vitamins online?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to look for a health care provider?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to use email or the internet to communicate with a doctor or doctor's office?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to make appointments with a health care provider?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to track health care charges and costs?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to fill out forms or paperwork related to your health care?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to look up test results?
Please indicate if you have a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, or Kindle Fire
Please indicate if you have a smartphone, such as an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Windows phone
Has your tablet or smartphone helped you achieve a health-related goal such as quitting smoking, losing weight,or increasing physical activity?
Has your tablet or smartphone helped you make a decision about how to treat an illness or condition?
Has your tablet or smartphone helped you in discussion with your healthcare provider?
Other than a tablet or smartphone, have you used an electronic device to monitor or track your health within the last 12 months? Examples include Fitbit, blood glucose meters, and blood pressure monitors.
Have you shared health information from either an electronic monitoring device or smartphone with a health professional within the last 12 months?
Have you sent or received a text message from a doctor or other health care professional within the last 12 months?
In the past 12 months, have you used a computer, smartphone, or other electronic means to look for assistance for the care that you provide for someone else?
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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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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