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
AuthorsVolkman, Julie E.
Luger, Tana M.
Harvey, Kimberly L.L.
Hogan, Timothy P.
Shimada, Stephanie L
Amante, Daniel J.
McInnes, D. Keith
Houston, Thomas K.
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Quantitative Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
KeywordsHealth information needs
Sources for health information
National cross-sectional survey
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
Health Services Research
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AbstractBACKGROUND: 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.
SourceBMC Fam Pract. 2014 Jun 6;15:111. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-111. Link to article on publisher's website.
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