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

Julie E. Volkman, Tana M. Luger, Kimberly L L Harvey, Timothy P. Hogan, Stephanie L. Shimada, Daniel Amante, D. Keith McInnes, Hua Feng, Thomas K. Houston

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111
JournalBMC Family Practice
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2014
Externally publishedYes

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National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
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Health Personnel
Cross-Sectional Studies
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Internet
Surveys and Questionnaires
Logistic Models
Patient-Centered Care
Health Resources
Health Insurance

Keywords

  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Health information needs
  • National cross-sectional survey
  • Sources for health information

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  • Family Practice
  • Medicine(all)

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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. / Volkman, Julie E.; Luger, Tana M.; Harvey, Kimberly L L; Hogan, Timothy P.; Shimada, Stephanie L.; Amante, Daniel; McInnes, D. Keith; Feng, Hua; Houston, Thomas K.

In: BMC Family Practice, Vol. 15, No. 1, 111, 06.06.2014.

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Volkman, Julie E. ; Luger, Tana M. ; Harvey, Kimberly L L ; Hogan, Timothy P. ; Shimada, Stephanie L. ; Amante, Daniel ; McInnes, D. Keith ; Feng, Hua ; Houston, Thomas K. / 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. In: BMC Family Practice. 2014 ; Vol. 15, No. 1.
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