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2015

Agurs-Collins T, Ferrer R, Ottenbacher A, Waters EA, O'Connell ME, Hamilton JG.  2015  Public Awareness of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests: Findings from the 2013 U.S. Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of Cancer Education   [Epub ahead of print]

Blake K, Ottenbacher A, Finney Rutten LJ, Grady M, Kobrin S, Jacobson R, Hesse BW.  2015  Predictors of Human Papillomavirus Awareness and Knowledge in 2013: Gaps and Opportunities for Targeted Communication Strategies.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine   48(4):402-10

Champlin S, Mackert M  2015  Creating a Screening Measure of Health Literacy for the Health Information National Trends Survey.  American Journal of Health Promotion   2015 Mar. [Epub ahead of print]

Emanuel AS, Kiviniemi MT, Howell JL, Hay JL, Waters EA, Orom H, Shepperd JA  2015  Avoiding cancer risk information  Social Science & Medicine   147:113-120.

Hay JL, Orom H, Kiviniemi MT, Waters EA  2015  "I Don't Know" My Cancer Risk: Exploring Deficits in Cancer Knowledge and Information-Seeking Skills to Explain an Often-Overlooked Participant Response.  Medical Decision Making   35(4):436-45. doi: 10.1177/0272989X15572827

Kobayashi LC, Smith SG.  2015  Cancer Fatalism, Literacy, and Cancer Information Seeking in the American Public  Health Education and Behavior   16.

Valle C, Tate D, Mayer D, Allicock M, Cai J, Campbell MK.  2015  Physical activity in young adults: a signal detection analysis of Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) 2007 data.  Journal of Health Communication   20(2):134-46

2014

Chen CC, Yamada T, Smith J.  2014  An evaluation of healthcare information on the Internet: the case of colorectal cancer prevention.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   11(1):1058-75

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

Hartoonian N, Narineh SR, Ormseth ER, Bantum EO, Owen JE.  2014  Information-seeking in cancer survivors: application of the Comprehensive Model of Information Seeking to HINTS 2007 data.  Journal of Health Communication   19(11):1308-25

Kannan VD, Veazie PJ.  2014  Predictors of avoiding medical care and reasons for avoidance behavior.  Medical Care   52(4):336-45

Kiviniemi M, Ellis E.  2014  Worry about skin cancer mediates the relation of perceived cancer risk and sunscreen use.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine   37(6):1069-74

Moser RP, Arndt J, Han PK, Waters EA, Amsellem M, Hesse BW.  2014  Perceptions of Cancer as a Death Sentence: Prevalence and Consequences.  Journal of Health Psychology   19(12):1518-24

Nan X, Zhao X, Briones R.  2014  Parental cancer beliefs and trust in health information from medical authorities as predictors of HPV vaccine acceptability.  Journal of Health Communication   19(1):100-14

Nawaz H, Via C, Shahrokni A, Ramdass P, Raoof A, Sunkara S, Petraro P.  2014  Can the inpatient hospital setting be a golden opportunity to improve colon cancer screening rates in the United States?  Health Promotion Practice   15(4):506-511

Persoskie A, Leyva B, Ferrer RA.  2014  Mode Effects in Assessing Cancer Worry and Risk Perceptions: Is Social Desirability Bias at Play?  Medical Decision Making   34(5):583-9

Valera P, Anderson M, Cook SH, Wylie-Rosett J, Rucker J, Reid AE.  2014  The smoking behaviors and cancer-related disparities among urban middle aged and older men involved in the criminal justice system.  Journal of Cancer Education   30(1):86-93

2013

Jun J, Oh K.  2013  Asian and Hispanic Americans’ cancer fatalism and colon cancer screening.  American Journal of Health Behavior   37(2):145-54

Ramírez A S, Rutten LJF, Vanderpool RC, Moser RP, Hesse BW.  2013  Correlates and geographic patterns of knowledge that physical activity decreases cancer risk.  The Journal of Primary Prevention   34(1-2):31-9

Ramírez AS, Rutten LJF, Oh A, Vengoechea BL, Moser RP, Vanderpool RC, Hesse BW.  2013  Perceptions of cancer controllability and cancer risk knowledge: The moderating role of race, ethnicity, and acculturation.  Journal of Cancer Education   28(2):254-61

Waters EA, Hay JL, Orom H, Kiviniemi MT, Drake BF.  2013  "Don't know" responses to risk perception measures: implications for underserved populations.  Medical Decision Making   33(2):271-81

2012

Ashok M, Berkowitz Z, Hawkins NA, Tangka F, Saraiya M.  2012  Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of Women's Health   21(7):705-12

Buster KJ, You Z, Fouad M, Elmets C.  2012  Skin cancer risk perceptions: A comparison across ethnicity, age, education, gender, and income.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology   66(5):771-9

Kontos, EZ., Emmons, KM., Puleo, E, Viswanath, K.  2012  Contribution of communication inequalities to disparities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine awareness and knowledge.  American Journal of Public Health   102(10):1911-20

Kowalkowski MA, Hart SL, Du XL, Baraniuk S, & Latini DM.  2012  Cancer perceptions: Implications from the 2007 health information national trends survey.  Journal of Cancer Survivorship   6(3):287-95

2011

Ferrer RA, Hall KL, Portnoy DB, Ling BS, Han PKJ, Klein WMP.  2011  Relationships among health perceptions vary depending on stage of readiness for colorectal cancer screening.  Health Psychology   30(5):525-35

Finney Rutten LJ, Blake KD, Hesse BW, Augustson EM, Evans S.  2011  Illness representations of lung cancer, lung cancer worry, and perceptions of risk by smoking status.  Journal of Cancer Education   26(4):747-53

Ha S, Lee YJ.  2011  Determinants of consumer-driven healthcare: Self-confidence in information search, health literacy, and trust in information sources.  International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing   5(1):8-24

Ho MY, Lai JY, Cheung WY.  2011  The influence of physicians on colorectal cancer screening behavior.  Cancer Causes & Control   22(12):1659-68

2010

Chen CC, Basch CE, Yamada T.  2010  An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education.  Journal of Cancer Education   25(2):160-5

Chen LS, Kaphingst KA.  2010  Risk perceptions and family history of lung cancer: Differences by smoking status.  Public Health Genomics   14(1):26-34

Fang CY, Coups EJ, Heckman CJ.  2010  Behavioral correlates of HPV vaccine acceptability in the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   19(2):319-26

Hawkins NA, Berkowitz Z, Peipins LA.  2010  What does the public know about preventing cancer? Results from the Health Information National TrendsSurvey (HINTS).  Health Education and Behavior   37(4):490-503

Kobetz E, Dunn Mendoza A, Menard J, Finney Rutten L, Diem J, Barton B, Kornfeld J, McKenzie N.  2010  One size does not fit all: Differences in HPV knowledge between Haitian and African American women.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   19(2):366-70

Kobetz E, Kornfeld J, Vanderpool RC, Finney Rutten LJ, Parekh N, O'Bryan G,Menard J.  2010  Knowledge of HPV among United States Hispanic women: opportunities and challenges for cancer prevention.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:22-9

Lathan CS, Okechukwu C, Drake BF, Bennett GG.  2010  Racial differences in the perception of lung cancer: The 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey.  Cancer   116(8):1981-6

Oh A, Shaikh A, Waters E, Atienza A, Moser RP, Perna F.  2010  Health disparities in awareness of physical activity and cancer prevention: findings from the National Cancer Institute's 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:60-77

Patterson F, Wileyto EP, Segal J, Kurz J, Glanz K, Hanlon A.  2010  Intention to quit smoking: Role of personal and family member cancer diagnosis.  Health Education Research   25(5):792-802

Peytchev A, Ridenhour J, Krotki K.  2010  Differences between RDD telephone and ABS mail survey design: coverage, unit nonresponse, and measurement error.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:117-34

Vanderpool RC, Huang B.  2010  Cancer risk perceptions, beliefs, and physician avoidance in Appalachia: results from the 2008 HINTS Survey.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:78-91

Zhao X.  2010  Cancer information disparities between U.S.- and foreign-born populations.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:5-21

2009

Finney Rutten LJ, Hesse BW, Moser RP, McCaul K, Rothman, AJ.  2009  Public understanding of cancer prevention, detection, and survival/cure: Comparison with state-of-science evidence for colon, skin, and lung Cancer.  Journal of Cancer Education   24(1):40-8

Han PK, Moser RP, Klein WM, Beckjord EB, Dunlavy AC, Hesse BW.  2009  Predictors of perceived ambiguity about cancer prevention recommendations: Sociodemographic factors and mass media exposures.  Health Communication   24(8):764-72

Hay J, Coups EJ, Ford J, DiBonaventura M.  2009  Exposure to mass media health information, skin cancer beliefs, and sun protection behaviors in a United States probability sample.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology   61(5):783-92

Hoffman-Goetz L, Meissner HI, Thomson MD.  2009  Literacy and cancer anxiety as predictors of health status: An exploratory study.  Journal of Cancer Education   24(3):218-24

Kaphingst KA, Lachance CR, Condit CM.  2009  Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors.  Journal of Cancer Education   24(4):351-6

Koshiol J, Finney Rutten L,J. Moser R, Hesse B.  2009  Knowledge of human papillomavirus: differences by self-reported treatment for genital warts and sociodemographic characteristics.  Journal of Health Communication   14(4):331-45

Tian Y, Robinson JD.  2009  Incidental health information use on the Internet.  Health Communication   24(1):41-49

2008

Arora NK, Hesse BW, Rimer BK, Viswanath K, Clayman ML, Croyle RT.  2008  Frustrated and Confused: The American Public Rates its Cancer-Related Information-Seeking Experiences.  Journal of General Internal Medicine   23(3):223-8

Berkowitz Z, Hawkins NA, Peipins LA, White MC, & Nadel MR.  2008  Beliefs, risk perceptions, and gaps in knowledge as barriers to colorectal cancer screening in older adults.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society   56(2): 307-14

Coups EJ, Hay J, & Ford JS.  2008  Awareness of the role of physical activity in colon cancer prevention.  Patient Education and Counseling   72(2): 246-51

Finney Rutten LJ, Augustson EM, Moser RP, Beckjord EB, Hesse BW.  2008  Smoking knowledge and behavior in the United States: sociodemographic, smoking status, and geographic patterns.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research   10(10):1559-70

Floyd AH, Westmaas JL, Targhetta V, Moyer A.  2008  Depressive symptoms and smokers' perceptions of lung cancer risk: Moderating effects of tobacco dependence.  Addictive Behaviors   34(2):154-63

Geiger TM, Miedema BW, Geana MV, Thaler K, Rangnekar NJ, Cameron GT.  2008  Improving rates for screening colonoscopy: Analysis of the health information national trends survey (HINTS I) data.  Surgical Endoscopy   22(2):527-33

Lykins EL, Graue LO, Brechting EH, Roach AR, Gochett CG, Andrykowski MA.  2008  Beliefs about cancer causation and prevention as a function of personal and family history of cancer: A national, population-based study.  Psycho-Oncology   17(10):967-74

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

Stryker JE, Moriarty CM, Jensen JD.  2008  Effects of newspaper coverage on public knowledge about modifiable cancer risks.  Health Communication   23(4):380-90

Sullivan HW, Beckjord EB, Finney-Rutten LP, Hesse BW.  2008  Nutrition-related cancer prevention cognitions and behavioral intentions: testing the risk perception attitude framework.  Health Education and Behavior   35(6):866-79

2007

Cheong PH, Feeley TH, Servoss T.  2007  Understanding health inequalities for uninsured Americans: a population-wide survey.  Journal of Health Communication   12(3):285-300

Mayer DK, Terrin NC, Menon U, Kreps GL, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH.  2007  Health behaviors in cancer survivors.  Oncology Nursing Forum   34(3):643-51

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

Niederdeppe J, Levy AG.  2007  Fatalistic beliefs about cancer prevention and three prevention behaviors.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   16(5):998-1003

Tiro JA, Meissner HI, Kobrin S, Chollette V.  2007  What do women in the U.S. know about human papillomavirus and cervical cancer?  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   16(2):288-94

2006

Atienza AA, Yaroch AL, Masse LC, Moser RP, Hesse BW, King AC.  2006  Identifying sedentary subgroups: the National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine   31(5):383-90

Dillard AJ, McCaul KD, Klein WM.  2006  Unrealistic optimism in smokers: implications for smoking myth endorsement and self-protective motivation.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:93-102

Ford JS, Coups EJ, Hay JL.  2006  Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:19-35

Han PK, Moser RP, Klein WM.  2006  Perceived ambiguity about cancer prevention recommendations: relationship to perceptions of cancer preventability, risk, and worry.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:51-69

Hay J, Coups E, Ford J.  2006  Predictors of perceived risk for colon cancer in a national probability sample in the United States.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:71-92

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

Rakowski W, Meissner H, Vernon SW, Breen N, Rimer B, Clark MA.  2006  Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003).  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention   15(11):2093-101

Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K.  2006  Health and the information nonseeker: a profile.  Health Communication   20(2):131-9

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

Stoddard JL, Augustson EM.  2006  Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Nicotine & Tobacco Research   8(Suppl 1):S77-S85

Viswanath K, Breen N, Meissner H, Moser RP, Hesse B, Steele WR, Rakowski W.  2006  Cancer knowledge and disparities in the information age.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:1-17

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

Weinstein N D, Marcus SE, & Moser RP.  2005  Smokers' unrealistic optimism about their risk.  Tobacco Control   14(1):55-59

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