Picking up the pace: Changes in method and frame for the health information national trends survey (2011-2014)

Lila J. Finney Rutten, Terisa Davis, Ellen Burke Beckjord, Kelly Blake, Richard P. Moser, Bradford W. Hesse

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Abstract

Health communication and health information technology influence the ways in which health care professionals and the public seek, use, and comprehend health information. The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) program was developed to assess the effect of health communication and health information technology on health-related attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. HINTS has fielded 3 national data collections with the fourth (HINTS 4) currently underway. Throughout this time, the Journal of Health Communication has been a dedicated partner in disseminating research based on HINTS data. Thus, the authors thought it the perfect venue to provide an historical overview of the HINTS program and to introduce the most recent HINTS data collection effort. This commentary describes the rationale for and structure of HINTS 4, summarizes the methodological approach applied in Cycle 1 of HINTS 4, describes the timeline for the HINTS 4 data collection, and identifies priorities for research using HINTS 4 data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-989
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of health communication
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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