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Published Articles Using HINTS Data

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2016

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]

Chan, YM  2015  The Confidence of Health Information Seeking Behaviors from the Internet.  Academic Research International   6(1)

Colón-Ramos U, Finney Rutten LJ, Moser R, Colón-Lopez V, Ortiz A, Yaroch AL.  2015  The association between fruit and vegetable intake, knowledge of the recommendations, and health information seeking within adults in the U.S. mainland and in Puerto Rico.  Journal of Health Communication   20(1):105-11

Cutrona SL, Mazor KM, Vieux SN, Luger TM, Volkman JE, Finney Rutten LJ.  2015  Health information-seeking on behalf of others: characteristics of "surrogate seekers".  Journal of Cancer Education   30(1):12-9

Desai K, Chewning B, and Mott D.  2015  Health care use amongst online buyers of medications and vitamins.  Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy   pii: S1551-7411(15)00003-0

Dominick GM, Papas MA, Rogers ML, Rakowski W.  2015  Classification tree analysis to examine influences on colorectal cancer screening.  Cancer Causes & Control   26(3):443-54

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

Kim BH, Wallington SF, Makambi KH, Adams-Campbell LL  2015  Social networks and physical activity behaviors among cancer survivors: data from the 2005 health information national trends survey.  Journal of Health Communication   20(6):656-62. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018576.

Leiter A, Diefenbach MA, Doucette J, Oh WK, Galsky MD.  2015  Clinical trial awareness: Changes over time and sociodemographic disparities.  Clinical Trials   pii: 1740774515571917

Manierre, M  2015  Examining the Relationship Between Flexible Resources and Health Information Channel Selection.  Health Communication   [Epub ahead of print]

Manierre, M  2015  Gaps in knowledge: Tracking and explaining gender differences in health information seeking.  Social Science & Medicine   128:151–8

Prestin A, Vieux SN, Chou WY  2015  Is Online Health Activity Alive and Well or Flatlining? Findings From 10 Years of the Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of Health Communication   4:1-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Taber J, Howell J, Emanuel A, Klein W, Ferrera R, Harris P  2015  Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults  Psychology and Health   28: 1-18.

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

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

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

Squiers L, Renaud J, McCormack L, Tzeng J, Bann C, Williams P.  2014  How Accurate Are Americans’ Perceptions of Their Own Weight?  Journal of Health Communication   19(7):795-812

Tian Y, Robinson JD.  2014  Media complementarity and health information seeking in Puerto Rico.  Journal of Health Communication   19(6):710-20

Volkman JE, Luger TM, Harvey KL, Hogan TP, Shimada SL, Amante D, McInnes DK, Feng H, Houston TK.  2014  The National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey [HINTS]: a national cross-sectional analysis of talking to your doctor and other.  BMC Family Practice   6;15:111

2013

Chan YM, Huang H.  2013  Weight Management Information Overload Challenges in 2007 HINTS: Socioeconomic, Health Status and Behaviors Correlates.  Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet   17(2)

Shuval K, Gabriel KP, Leonard T.  2013  TV viewing and BMI by Race/Ethnicity and socio-economic status.  PLOS ONE   8(5):e63579

2012

Hong Huang, Yiu Ming Chan, Dong F.  2012  Health Numeracy Confidence among Racial/Ethnic Minorities in HINTS 2007: Sociodemographic, Attitudinal, and Knowledge Correlates.  Literacy and Numeracy Studies   20(2)

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

Kowalczyk N, Draper LJ.  2012  Trends in patient information preferences and acquisition.  Radiologic Technology   83(4):316-324

Miller L.M., Bell R.A.  2012  Online health information seeking: the influence of age, information trustworthiness, and search challenges.  Journal of Aging and Health   24(3):525-541

Richardson A, Allen JA, Xiao H, Vallone D.  2012  Effects of Race/Ethnicity and socioeconomic status on health information-seeking, confidence, and trust.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved   23(4):1477-93

2011

Cotten SR, Goldner M, Hale TM, Drentea P.  2011  The importance of type, amount, and timing of internet use for understanding psychological distress.  Social Science Quarterly   92(1):119-39

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

Hesse BW, O'Connell M, Augustson EM, Chou WY, Shaikh AR, Rutten LJ.  2011  Realizing the promise of Web 2.0: Engaging community intelligence.  Journal of Health Communication   16 Suppl 1:10-31

Ortiz AP, López M, Flores LT, Soto-Salgado M, Finney Rutten LJ, Serrano-Rodriguez RA., Hesse BW, Tortolero-Luna G.  2011  Awareness of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and use of genetic tests among Puerto Rican adults, 2009.  Preventing Chronic Disease   8(5):A110

Rutten LJF, Blake K, Hesse BW, Ackerson LK.  2011  Isolated and skeptical: Social engagement and trust in information sources among smokers.  Journal of Cancer Education   26(3):465-73

Thompson OM, Yaroch AL, Moser RP, Finney Rutten LJ, Petrelli JM, Smith-Warner SA, Masse LC, Nebeling L.  2011  Knowledge of and adherence to fruit and vegetable recommendations and intakes: Results of the 2003 health information national trends survey.  Journal of Health Communication   16(3):328-40

2010

Clayman ML, Manganello JA, Viswanath K, Hesse BW, Arora NK.  2010  Providing health messages to Hispanics/Latinos: understanding the importance of language, trust in health information sources, and media use.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:252-63

Geiger BF, O'Neal MR, Firsing SL 3rd, Smith KH, Chandan P, Schmidt A, Jackson JB.  2010  HealthyME HealthyU(©2010UCPGB): a collaborative project to enhance access to health information and services for individuals with disabilities.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:46-59

Hou J, Shim M.  2010  The role of provider-patient communication and trust in online sources in Internet use for health-related activities.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:186-99

Kaufman A, Augustson E, Davis K, Finney Rutten LJ.  2010  Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:264-78

Kim K, Kwon N  2010  Profile of e-patients: analysis of their cancer information-seeking from a national survey.  Journal of Health Communication   15(7):712-33

Koch-Weser S, Bradshaw YS, Gualtieri L, Gallagher SS.  2010  The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:279-93

Langford A, Resnicow K., An L.  2010  Clinical trial awareness among racial/ethnic minorities in HINTS 2007: sociodemographic, attitudinal, and knowledge correlates.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:92-101

Meissner HI, Tiro JA, Yabroff KR, Haggstrom DA, Coughlin SS.  2010  Too much of a good thing? Physician practices and patient willingness for less frequent pap test screening intervals.  Medical Care   48(3):249-59

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

Tortolero-Luna G, Finney Rutten LJ, Hesse BW, Davis T, Kornfeld J, Sanchez M,Moser RP, Ortiz AP, Serrano-Rodriguez RA, Davis K.  2010  Health and cancer information seeking practices and preferences in Puerto Rico: creating an evidence base for cancer communication efforts.  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:30-45

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

2009

Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Puleo EM, Mâsse LC, Atienza AA.  2009  Awareness of national physical activity recommendations for health promotion among US adults.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise   41(10):1849-55

Finney Rutten LJ, Augustson EM, Moser RP, Doran K, Hesse BW.  2009  Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users  Nicotine & Tobacco Research   11(2):190-6

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

Roach AR, Lykins EL, Gochett CG, Brechting EH, Graue LO, Andrykowski MA.  2009  Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey.  Journal of Cancer Education   24(1):73-9

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

2008

Beckjord EB, Finney Rutten LJ, Arora NK, Moser RP, & Hesse BW.  2008  Information processing and negative affect: evidence from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey.  Health Psychology   27(2):249-57

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

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

Hong T.  2008  Internet health information in the patient-provider dialogue.  Cyberpsychology   11(5):587-89

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

Niederdeppe J, Frosch DL, Hornik RC.  2008  Cancer news coverage and information seeking.  Journal of Health Communication   13(2):181-99

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

Tian Y, Robinson JD.  2008  Incidental health information use and media complementarity: a comparison of senior and non-senior cancer patients.  Patient Education and Counseling   71(3):340-4

Tian Y, Robinson JD.  2008  Media use and health information seeking: An empirical test of complementarity theory.  Health Communication   23(2):184-90

Wilson EV, Dobrzykowski DD, Cazier JA.  2008  The Influence of Media Trust and Internet Trust on Privacy-Risking Uses of E-Health.  International Journal of Information Security and Privacy   2(3): 84-97

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, Kreps GL, Menon U, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH.  2007  Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer.  Patient Education and Counseling   65(3):342-50

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

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

Squiers L, Bright MA, Rutten LJ, Atienza AA, Treiman K, Moser RP, Hesse B.  2006  Awareness of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service: results from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:117-33

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

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

Hesse BW, Nelson DE, Kreps GL, Croyle RT, Arora NK, Rimer BK, Viswanath K.  2005  Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey.  JAMA Internal Medicine   165(22):2618-24

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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.

  1. You will not present/publish data in which an individual can be identified. Publication of small cell sizes should be avoided.
  2. You will not attempt to link nor permit others to link the data with individually identified records in another database.
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  8. The source of information should be cited in all publications. The appropriate citation is associated with the data file used. Please see Suggested Citations in the Download HINTS Data section of this Web site, or the Readme.txt associated with the ASCII text version of the HINTS data.
  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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