HC/HIT-9 Increase the proportion of online health information seekers who report easily accessing health information

National Data Source
Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS); National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
37.3 (2007)
Target
41.0
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who report not feeling frustrated during their most recent search for health information on the Internet.

Denominator

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who have recently searched for health information on the Internet.

Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

Based on the results of your most recent search for information about health or medical topics, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

You felt frustrated during your search for the information.

  1. STRONGLY AGREE
  2. SOMEWHAT AGREE
  3. SOMEWHAT DISAGREE
  4. STRONGLY DISAGREE

[NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

Have you ever looked for information about health or medical topics from any source?

  1. Yes
  2. No

The most recent time you looked for information about health or medical topics, where did you go first?

[Extensive list of possible responses includes the response category “Internet.”]

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable

Comments

Methodology Notes

Data reported for this measure is summed from the "strongly disagree" response category.

HINTS is a biennial, cross-sectional survey of a nationally-representative sample of American adults that is used to assess the impact of the health information environment.