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H1 = HINTS 1 (2003)

H2 = HINTS 2 (2005)

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)

FDACyc2 = HINTS FDA Cycle 2 (2017)

H5Cyc1 = HINTS 5 Cycle 1 (2017)

H5Cyc2 = HINTS 5 Cycle 2 (2018)

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Food and Medical Products Information
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about foods is easy to understand
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about foods helps me make the right food choices
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: I can easily find information about the foods I eat
Do you buy any over-the-counter drugs (you don’t need a doctor’s prescription) for yourself or someone else?
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about the benefits of over-the-counter drugs is easy to understand
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about the benefits of over-the-counter drugs helps me decide whether to buy a drug
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: I can easily find information about the benefits of the over-the-counter drugs I may buy
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about the risks of over the-counter drugs is easy to understand
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Information about the risks of over the-counter drugs helps me decide whether to buy a drug
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: I can easily find information about the risks of the over-the-counter drugs I may buy
When you first buy over-the-counter drugs, how often do you read the directions and warnings label?
“The directions and warnings label on over-the-counter drugs is easy to understand.” Do you…
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Ads for over-the-counter drugs tell me enough about the benefits of using the drugs
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Ads for over-the-counter drugs tell me enough about their negative side-effects
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Over-the-counter drugs are safer than prescription drugs
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Over-the-counter drugs are less effective than prescription drugs
When you first buy drugs that a doctor prescribes, how often do you read the directions and warnings that come with the drug?
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Stop taking it at once
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Keep using the drug
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Pay no attention to the recall
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Be on guard
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Go on the manufacturer’s website
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Contact the manufacturer
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Contact the doctor/nurse/other medical professional
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Talk to the pharmacist
What would you do if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled? Would you: Unsure
Would you do anything else if a prescription drug you purchased for yourself or someone else was recalled?
At any time in the last 12 months, have you purchased any common household medical product for yourself or for someone else in your household, such as bandages (e.g., Band-Aids®), a thermometer, an electronic toothbrush or a pregnancy test kit?
At any time in the last 12 months have you purchased a medical product for yourself or for someone else in your household to help care for a chronic condition, such as a walker, blood glucose kit, hearing aid, blood pressure cuff, contact lenses or prescription eye glasses?
At any time in the last 12 months have you purchased any other type of medical product for yourself or for someone else in your household, such as a powered wheelchair, motorized scooter, or hospital bed?
When you first buy a medical product, how frequently do you read the directions and warnings that come with it?
“Directions and warnings that come with medical products are easy to understand.” Do you…
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Ads for common medical products tell me enough about the benefits of using these products
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements: Ads for common medical products tell me enough about the risks of using these products
What would you do if a medical product you or someone you loved depended on was recalled? Would you... Have it removed/Stop using it
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Contact the doctor
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Go on the manufacturer’s website/ Contact the manufacturer
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Have it replaced/Find a substitute
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Keep using it/Keep it
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Make no change
What would you do if any medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled? Would you.... Unsure/Don’t know
Would you do anything else if a medical product that you or someone you love depended on was recalled?
Did you ever visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website (www.FDA.gov)?
On your most recent visit, did you find the information you were looking for on your most recent visit to the FDA website...?
How easy or hard was it to find the information you were looking for On your most recent visit to the FDA website.?
Why haven't you visited the FDA website? I didn't know about the FDA site
Why haven't you visited the FDA website? I don't trust government websites
Why haven't you visited the FDA website? It's too hard to find information on the FDA website
Why haven't you visited the FDA website? I don’t own a computer (no internet access)
Why haven't you visited the FDA website? I don’t have a reason to visit the site
Please indicate whether or not you have taken one or more multi-vitamins or multi-mineral supplements in the past 12 months.
Please indicate whether or not you have taken specialized or single-ingredient vitamins or minerals in the past 12 months.
Please indicate whether or not you have taken herbs, botanicals, or other supplements in the past 12 months.
In the past 12 months, have you experienced any health problem that you thought might be related to any dietary supplements you took?
The last time you had any health problem that you thought might be related to any dietary supplements, what were the major symptoms of the problem?
What dietary supplement(s) did you think was(were) related to your problem?
Did you report your dietary supplement health problem to The Food and Drug Administration?
Did you report your dietary supplement health problem to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
Did you report your dietary supplement health problem to a health department or poison control center?
Did you report your dietary supplement health problem to the manufacturer of the dietary supplement?
Did you report your dietary supplement health problem to your doctor?
Have you given any dietary supplements to any infant(s), child(ren), or adolescent(s) in your family in the past 12 months?
If a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body," does this mean that the product may reduce the risk of cancer?
If a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body," does this mean that the product may treat cancer?
If a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body," does this mean that the product may completely prevent cancer?
If a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body," does this mean that the product may cure cancer?
In your opinion, if a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may produce anticarcinogenic effects in the body," does this mean the product may reduce the risk of…
In your opinion, if a dietary supplement product says on its package that it "may reduce the risk of certain cancers," does this mean the product may reduce the risk of:
If the FDA reports that it is investigating an approved drug, what does it mean to you?
How often do you use non-prescription medicine for pain such as aspirin,acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen?
If a prescription drug you take is recalled and you hear that some people who use the drug have been hospitalized, would you check the number on your pill bottle to see if it matches the numbers in the recall notice?
If a prescription drug you take is recalled and you hear that some people who use the drug have been hospitalized, would you stop taking the drug immediately?
If a prescription drug you take is recalled and you hear that some people who use the drug have been hospitalized, would you continue taking the drug but watch for symptoms reported in the recall notice?
If a prescription drug you take is recalled and you hear that some people who use the drug have been hospitalized, would you ask your doctor what to do?
If a brand of canned food that you have in your home was recalled because some people became seriously ill after eating it, how likely would you be to switch brands?
If a brand of canned food that you have in your home was recalled because some people became seriously ill after eating it, how likely would you be to ask your doctor what to do?
If a brand of canned food that you have in your home was recalled because some people became seriously ill after eating it, how likely would you be to check the number of the can to see if it matches any of the numbers in the recall notice?
If a brand of canned food that you have in your home was recalled because some people became seriously ill after eating it, how likely would you be to no longer buy any brand of that food?
If a brand of canned food that you have in your home was recalled because some people became seriously ill after eating it, how likely would you be to pay no attention to the recall/keep buying and eating that brand?
How much do you agree that direct exposure to lasers may damage your skin and eyes?
Would you agree or disagree that the food you buy is safe to eat?
Would you agree or disagree that cosmetics are tested for safety before they go on the market?
Would you agree or disagree that pet foods are tested for safety before they go on the market?
Would you agree or disagree that the drugs you buy without a prescription are tested to see if they are safe before they go on the market?
Would you agree or disagree that vaccines that I get are tested to see if they are safe before they go on the market?
Would you agree or disagree that prescription drugs that you buy are tested to see if they are safe before they go on the market?
Would you agree or disagree with the following statement? Medical equipment (including prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, blood glucose kits, thermometers, pregnancy test kits, and contact lenses) is tested to see if it is effective before it goes on the market.
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