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

HINTS Questions Used in this Published Article

Profile of e-patients: analysis of their cancer information-seeking from a national survey., Kim K, Kwon N, Journal of Health Communication, October 2010

16 Items found.

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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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The most recent time you looked for cancer information, where did you go first?
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