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Health Information National Trends Survey - HINTS (appears in: The National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey [HINTS]: A National Cross-Sectional Analysis of Talking to Your Doctor and Other Healthcare Providers for Health Information. By: Volkman, J.; Luger, T. M.; Harvey, K. L.; Hogan, T. P.; Shimada, S. L.; Amante, D.; McInnes, D. K.; Feng, H.; Houston, T. K.) Copyright: Creative Commons License.

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National Cancer Institute

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

National Cancer Institute

Title, Section

Health Information National Trends Survey - HINTS (appears in: The National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey [HINTS]: A National Cross-Sectional Analysis of Talking to Your Doctor and Other Healthcare Providers for Health Information. By: Volkman, J.; Luger, T. M.; Harvey, K. L.; Hogan, T. P.; Shimada, S. L.; Amante, D.; McInnes, D. K.; Feng, H.; Houston, T. K.) Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2014

Journal Title

BMC Family Practice

Volume

15

Issue

June 6

Pages

111

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 24906558

DOI

10.1186/1471-2296-15-111

Abstract

Full text of Instrument appears in the Additional Files area. ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The need to understand preferred sources of health information remains important to providing patient-centered care. The Internet remains a popular resource for health information, but more traditional sources may still be valid for patients during a recent health need. This study sought to understand the characteristics of patients that turn to their doctor or healthcare provider first for a recent health or medical information need. METHODS: Using the national cross-sectional survey, Health Information National Trend Study [HINTS], characteristics of those who sought a doctor or healthcare provider for a recent health information need were compared to other sources. Weighted survey responses from Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of the HINTS survey were used for multivariable logistic regression. RESULTS: A total 5,307 patient responses were analyzed. Overall, those who seek a doctor or healthcare provider first for a health need are female, 46-64 years, White non-Hispanic, educated, in good health and users of the Internet. Yet, adjusted logistic regressions showed that those who sought a doctor or healthcare provider first during a recent health information need compared to other sources were most likely to be 65+ years, in poor health, less educated and have health insurance. CONCLUSIONS: Patients who seek their doctor or healthcare provider first for health information rather than other sources of information represent a unique population. Doctors or healthcare providers remain an important resource for these patients during recent needs, despite the wide use of the Internet as a source of health information.

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