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Health Information National Trends Survey
Part of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Published Articles that use this HINTS Question: Do you have any kind of health care coverage, including health insurance, prepaid plans such as HMOs, or government plans such as Medicare?


Hirth JM, Laz TH, Rahman M, Berenson AB  2015  Racial/Ethnic Differences Affecting Adherence to Cancer Screening Guidelines Among Women  Journal of Women's Health  

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.

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.

Finney Rutten LJ, Agunwamba AA, Beckjord E, Hesse BW, Moser RP, Arora NK  2015  The Relation Between Having a Usual Source of Care and Ratings of Care Quality: Does Patient-Centered Communication Play a Role?  Journal of Health Communication   26:1-7. [Epub ahead of print]

Orom H  2015  Nativity and Perceived Healthcare Quality  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health   [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

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

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

Taber J, Leyva B, and Persoskie A  2015  Why do People Avoid Medical Care? A Qualitative Study Using National Data.  Journal of General Internal Medicine   30(3):290-7

Finney Rutten LJ, Agunwamba AA, Wilson P, Chawla N, Vieux SN, Blanch-Hartigan D, Arora NK, Blake K, Hesse BW.  2015  Cancer-Related Information Seeking Among Cancer Survivors: Trends Over a Decade (2003-2013).  Journal of Cancer Education   [Epub ahead of print]

Laiyemo M, Nunlee-Bland G, Lombardo F, Adams RG, Laiyemo A.  2015  Characteristics and health perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine users in the United States.  The American Journal of the Medical Sciences   349(2):140-4

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]

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

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

Shneyderman Y, Rutten LJ, Arheart KL, Byrne MM, Kornfeld J, Schwartz SJ.  2015  Health Information Seeking and Cancer Screening Adherence Rates.  Journal of Cancer Education   [Epub ahead of print]

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


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

Laiyemo AO, Adebogun AO, Doubeni CA, Ricks-Santi L, McDonald-Pinkett S, Young PE, Cash BD, Klabunde CN.  2014  Influence of provider discussion and specific recommendation on colorectal cancer screening uptake among U.S. adults.  Preventive Medicine   67:1-5

Moten A, Jeffers K, Larbi D, Smith-White R, Taylor T, Wilson L, Adenuga B, Frederick W, Laiyemo A.  2014  Obesity and Weight Loss Attempts among Subjects with a Personal History of Cancer.  Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal   14(3):e330-6

Campos-Castillo C, Anthony DL.  2014  The double-edged sword of electronic health records: implications for patient disclosure.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association   pii: amiajnl-2014-002804

Calo WA, Ortiz AP, Colon-Lopez V, Krasny S, Tortolero-Luna G.  2014  Factors associated with perceived patient-provider communication quality among Puerto Ricans.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved   25(2):491-502

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

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



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

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

Kim YS, Park YS, Allegrante JP, Marks R, Ok H, Ok Cho K, Garber CE.  2012  Relationship between physical activity and general mental health.  Preventive Medicine   55(5):458-63

Ye J, Shim R, Rust G.  2012  Health care avoidance among people with serious psychological distress: Analyses of 2007 health information national trends survey.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved   23(4):1620-9


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

Oliver JS, Worley CB, Decoster J, Palardy L, Kim G, Reddy A, Allen RS.  2012  Disparities in Colorectal Cancer screening behaviors: Implications for African American men.  Gastroenterology Nursing   35(2):93-8

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



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

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

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

Andreeva VA, Cockburn MG, Yaroch AL, Unger JB, Rueda R, Reynolds KD.  2011  Preliminary evidence for mediation of the association between acculturation and sun-safe behaviors.  JAMA Dermatology   147(7): 814-9

Anhang Price R, Koshiol J, Kobrin S, Tiro JA.  2011  Knowledge and intention to participate in cervical cancer screening after the human papillomavirus vaccine.  Vaccine   29(25):4238-43

Kontos EZ, Viswanath K.  2011  Cancer-related direct-to-consumer advertising: A critical review.  Nature Reviews Cancer   11(2):142-50


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

Chou WY, Wang LC, Finney Rutten LJ, Moser RP, Hesse BW.  2010  Factors associated with Americans' ratings of health care quality: what do they tell us about the raters and the health care system?  Journal of Health Communication   15 Suppl 3:147-56


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

Andreeva VA, Yaroch AL, Unger JB, Cockburn MG, Rueda R, Reynolds KD.  2010  Moderated mediation regarding the sun-safe behaviors of U.S. Latinos: Advancing the theory and evidence for acculturation-focused research and interventions.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health   12(5):691-8

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

Zahnd WE, Goldfarb J, Scaife SL, Francis ML.  2010  Rural-urban differences in behaviors to prevent skin cancer: An analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology   62(6):950-6

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Andreeva VA, Unger JB, Yaroch AL, Cockburn MG, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Reynolds KD.  2009  Acculturation and sun-safe behaviors among US Latinos: Findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey.  American Journal of Public Health   99(4):734-41

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

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

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

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

Beckjord EB, Finney Rutten LJ, Squiers L, Arora NK, Volckmann L, Moser RP, Hesse BW.  2007  Use of the internet to communicate with health care providers in the United States: estimates from the 2003 and 2005 Health Information National Trends Surveys (HINTS).  Journal of Medical Internet Research   9(3):e20


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Rutten LJ, Augustson E, Wanke K.  2006  Factors associated with patients' perceptions of health care providers' communication behavior.  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:135-46

Rutten LJ, Squiers L, Hesse B.  2006  Cancer-related information seeking: hints from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).  Journal of Health Communication   11 Suppl 1:147-56

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

Finney Rutten LJ, Wanke K, Augustson E.  2005  Systems and individual factors associated with smoking status: evidence from HINTS.  American Journal of Health Behavior   29(4):302-10

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