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Published Articles Using HINTS Data

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2014

Hamilton J, Breen N, Klabunde C, Moser R, Leyva B, Breslau E, Kobrin S.  2014  Opportunities and Challenges for the Use of Large-Scale Surveys in Public Health Research: A Comparison of the Assessment of Cancer Screening Behaviors.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   24(1);3-14

2008

McQueen A, Vernon SW, Meissner HI, Rakowski W.  2008  Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference?  Journal of Health Communication   13(1):56-79

2007

Mayer DK, Terrin NC, Menon U, Kreps GL, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH.  2007  Screening practices in cancer survivors.  Journal of Cancer Survivorship   1(1):17-26

Moser RP, McCaul K, Peters E, Nelson W, Marcus SE.  2007  Associations of perceived risk and worry with cancer health-protective actions: data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Journal of Health Psychology   12(1):53-65

2006

McQueen A, Vernon SW, Meissner HI, Klabunde CN, Rakowski W.  2006  Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates?  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   15(4):782-91

Shim M, Kelly B, Hornik R.  2006  Cancer information scanning and seeking behavior is associated with knowledge, lifestyle choices, and screening.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:157-72

Zajac LE, Klein WM, McCaul KD.  2006  Absolute and comparative risk perceptions as predictors of cancer worry: moderating effects of gender and psychological distress.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:37-49.3

2005

Finney Rutten LJ, Meissner HI, Breen N, Vernon SW, Rimer BK.  2005  Factors associated with men's use of prostate-specific antigen screening: evidence from Health Information National Trends Survey.  Preventive Medicine   40(4):461-8

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