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Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) 5 Cycle 2 (2018)

By Kelly Blake1, Richard Moser1

1. National Cancer Institute, NIH

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The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) is a nationally representative survey that has been administered every few years by the National Cancer Institute since 2003. The HINTS target population is all adults aged 18 or older in the civilian non-institutionalized population of the United States. The HINTS program collects data on the American public's need for, access to, and use of health-related information and health-related behaviors, perceptions, and knowledge.

Data collection for Cycle 2 of HINTS 5 began in January 2018 and concluded in May 2018. HINTS 5, Cycle 2 was a self-administered mailed questionnaire. The final HINTS 5, Cycle 2 sample consists of 3,504 respondents. Note that 70 of these respondents were considered partial completers who did not answer the entire survey. The overall household response rate using the next-birthday method was 32.39%. 

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Hesse, et al., 2006; Nelson, et al., 2004 

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  • Kelly Blake; Richard Moser (2019), "Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) 5 Cycle 2 (2018),"

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