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HINTS Briefs provide a snapshot of noteworthy, data-driven research findings. They introduce population-level estimates for specific questions in the survey and summarize significant research findings that are a result of analyzing how certain demographic characteristics influence specific outcomes. Many Briefs summarize research findings from recent peer-reviewed journal articles using HINTS data.

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Brief 22: Trust and Use of Media for Health Information among U.S. HispanicsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 22It has been well documented that some population segments—particularly those with lower socioeconomic status—experience knowledge gaps related to their health and their health care and often have difficulty accessing and using information that could help to reduce and prevent an unequal burden of disease. This may be especially relevant for Hispanic populations living in the United States because of well-established language, cultural, and media use challenges.
July 2012
Brief 21: Health Behaviors in Cancer SurvivorsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 21Significant progress in cancer diagnosis and treatment since the 1950s has led to a growing population of cancer survivors.
March 2012
Brief 20: Awareness of Clinical Trials and Attitudes About the Use of Personal Medical Information for ResearchDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 20Clinical trials, which are health-related or biomedical research studies, are conducted to develop or test new medical treatments and medications. Clinical trials may benefit individual volunteers by providing access to new treatments before they are available outside of trials. Clinical trials also serve the overall population by evaluating the safety and efficacy of medical treatments, which may lead to improved treatment options in the future. In addition to research that involves direct treatment of patients in a clinical setting, other medical research involves the analysis of existing medical records and clinical data to assess the effectiveness of various treatment methods and patient care approaches.
October 2011
Brief 19: U.S. Social Media Use and Health CommunicationDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 19Surveys routinely find that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults use the Internet, and about 60 percent of those online say they use the Internet to look for health or medical information. Although studies continue to show that ethnic minorities and those who are older, less educated, and less healthy are more likely to be non-Internet users, a more nuanced picture of this “digital divide” is beginning to emerge, particularly with the advent of social media and mobile technologies.
August 2011
Brief 18: Implementation of HINTS in Puerto RicoDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 18In 2009, a demonstration project was conducted in Puerto Rico using existing Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) infrastructure to assess the feasibility of adapting the national HINTS survey to a local setting to facilitate local data collection and cancer control planning.
April 2011
Brief 17: Smokers' Attitudes Toward Potential "Reduced-Exposure" Tobacco Products (PREPs)Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 17The tobacco industry has in recent years introduced a proliferation of potential reduced-exposure tobacco products (PREPs), marketing such products as alternatives to conventional cigarettes and sometimes claiming they are less harmful or less addictive.
Nov 2010
Brief 16: Trends in Cancer Information SeekingDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 16The past few decades have witnessed dramatic changes in the health communication and informatics environment.
Aug 2010
Brief 15: Organizations Collaborate to Focus on Prevention MessagesDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 15When it comes to cancer prevention, more information does not necessarily mean greater clarity. Organizations collaborate to focus on prevention messages.
May 2010
Brief 14: Social Context Influences Interpersonal Health CommunicationDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 14Studies have shown that a person’s social context can affect health communication access and usage, which, in turn, can affect health behaviors and outcomes, such as smoking, cancer screening, and disease.
Nov 2009
Brief 13: Americans Often Misunderstand the Extent to Which Colon, Skin, and Lung Cancers are Treatable and BeatableDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 13"State-of-the-science" evidence in cancer refers to consensus among researchers and specialists regarding the most effective ways to prevent, screen for, and treat the disease, as well as rates of survival among those diagnosed.
Aug 2009
Brief 12: Hispanics Less Likely to Seek Cancer Information than Non-HispanicsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 12Differences in cancer information seeking and information access have the potential to shape health knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and medical decisions, and may contribute to disparities in health outcomes among disadvantaged populations.
Jan 2009
Brief 11: Knowledge of Tobacco-Related Cancers: Understanding the association of tobacco consumption and perceived cancer riskDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 11Over the past several decades, significant progress has been made in reducing overall smoking rates and tobacco-related diseases. Despite these successes, there remain demographic and geographic disparities in smoking prevalence, tobacco-related health outcomes, and knowledge about lung cancer risk factors and mortality.
Oct 2008
Brief 10: Information Support for Cancer Survivors: Cancer information seeking behaviorsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 10Many people who have been touched by cancer actively use available resources (e.g., the Internet, health care providers, newspapers, brochures, and magazines) to seek information about the disease.
June 2008
Brief 9: Confusion about Cancer Prevention: Association with behaviorDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 9Because many cancers can be prevented through individual action and lifestyle (e.g., not smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and wearing sunscreen), public understanding of cancer prevention is critical to cancer control.
Jan 2008
Brief 8: On-line Communication with Health Care Providers: eHealth behaviors and trendsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 8An emerging concept known as "eHealth" seeks to capitalize on the promise of new media technologies to facilitate equal access to timely and credible health information.
Nov 2007
Brief 7: Health Communication: Considerations for Developing Effective Health Communication StrategiesDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 7Effective health communication strategies are increasingly recognized as integral to improving population health.
Aug 2007
Brief 6: Sun Safety: Perceptions and AwarenessDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 6Only a minority of Americans regularly practice sun safety
May 2007
Brief 5: Knowledge and Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 5In 2005, 61 percent of American women had never heard of HPV.
March 2007
Brief 4: Physical Activity: Cancer Risk Perceptions and Group Differences in BehaviorDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 4The majority of Americans believes that physical activity plays a role in preventing cancer
December 2006
Brief 3: Cancer Screening: Breast, cervix, and colorectalDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 3Most Americans Are Aware of Cancer Screening Tests. Knowing age and frequency recommendations remains a challenge.
Aug 2006
Brief 2: Cancer Knowledge: Understanding Cancer Risk and Reducing Cancer RiskDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 2More than 64% of Americans believe that lifestyle and behavior influence cancer risk.
Mar 2006
Brief 1: Cancer Information Seeking BehaviorsDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 1Almost half of all Americans have sought out information on the disease and its causes, prevention, and treatment.
Dec 2005