The model-based estimates of important cancer-related knowledge variables are obtained by modeling the responses to the Health Information National trends Survey (HINTS).
The HINTS is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of the U.S. non-institutionalized adult population. The survey collects data routinely in every two to four years since 2003. The survey's broad aims are to assess the American public's use of health-related information and cancer-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to inform social scientists and program planners about current health communication usage across populations, and to assist in developing effective health communication strategies.
The first two rounds of the survey (HINTS 1 and HINTS 2), administered in 2003 and 2005 respectively, used random-digit dialing (RDD) telephone survey design. The third round of the survey (HINTS 3), administered in 2008, used a dual-frame design with mixed mode data collection (RDD telephone and mail). The fourth round of the survey (HINTS 4) were conducted using mail only design. The data collection for HINTS 4 was administered in 2011 to 2014 through four independent sequential data cycles; each cycle of the data was weighted to represent the full U.S. noninstitutionalized adult population.
Questionnaires, datasets and related documentation are available for downloading from the HINTS website. We used internal (and confidential) datasets which identify all states and are located at National Cancer Institute. The downloadable survey data only identifies Census Region.Visit the HINTS Website