Data Years Available:
2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mode of Collection:
Two modes were used for the 2007 survey: telephone interviews and mail questionnaires.
Areas covered in HINTS include: health communication (e.g., media exposure, trust in information sources, internet use); mental modes of cancer (e.g., knowledge and beliefs, perceived risks); risk behaviors (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, smoking); and respondent characteristics.
The 2007 HINTS survey was administered using 2 modes (telephone and mail). The telephone sample was drawn from a random-digit-dial (RDD) sample frame. Households reached were screened and one eligible adult per household was selected for an extended telephone interview. The mail survey was based on a list of all addresses to which the U.S. postal service delivers residential mail. The sample was stratified into two components, a high minority stratum and a low minority stratum, with oversampling in the high minority group. Unlike the RDD sample, all adults in the sampled household were asked to complete the questionnaire. After data editing and cleaning, the RDD and mail data were merged into a master data base. Weights were applied for stratification and nonresponse.
Response Rates and Sample Size:
HINTS is affected by the continually worsening problem of nonresponse that impacts all RDD telephone household surveys. In 2007, 7,674 persons participated in HINTS. The RDD overall weighted response rate was 24.23%; the mail survey overall weighted response rate was 30.99%. More detailed information on response rates can be found in the HINTS 2007 Final Report.