Protocol - Internet Access
This protocol includes four self- administered questions from the HINTS 5, Cycle 4 – Section B: Using the Internet to Find Information. This section focuses on how an individual accesses the internet, quality of their internet access, and how they use their internet access to interface with health care.
1. Do you ever go on-line to access the Internet or World Wide Web, or to send and receive e-mail?
- [ ] Yes → GO TO 2
- [ ] No → END HERE
2. When you use the Internet, do you access it through…
|a.||A regular dial-up telephone line…………………….|
|b.||Broadband such as DSL, cable, or FiOS………….|
|c.||A cellular network (i.e., phone, 3G/4G)…………….|
|d.||A wireless network (Wi-Fi)…………………………..|
3. How often do you access the Internet through each of the following?
|a.||Computer at home...…..…………………….|
|b.||Computer at work…...…………...………….|
|c.||Computer in a public place (library, community center, other)……….|
|d.||On a mobile device (cell phone/smart phone/tablet)….……………..|
4. To what extent are you satisfied with your internet speed?
- [ ] Not at all satisfied
- [ ] Not very satisfied
- [ ] Somewhat satisfied
- [ ] Very satisfied
- [ ] Extremely satisfied
Scoring and Interpretation
Refer to the “HINTS 5, Cycle 4 (2020) Methodology Report” for details on methodology, sampling, and procedures for Cycle 4, sections 4 and 5: https://hints.cancer.gov/data/methodology-reports.aspx
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
HINTS is a nationally representative survey that has been administered by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since 2003. It is administered via single-mode mail survey and is comprehensive in its coverage of topics regarding knowledge of, attitudes toward, and use of cancer- and health-related information by the American public. The data are publicly available.
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||Internet Access||12114272||CDE Browser|
Process and Review
Protocol Name from Source
Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). Health Information National Trends Survey 5, Cycle 4, Annotated Form, Full-content, English version. Section B: Using the Internet to Find Information, Items B1-B4.
Greenberg-Worisek, A. J., Kurani, S., Finney Rutten, L. J., Blake, K. D., Moser, R. P., & Hesse, B. W. (2019). Tracking healthy people 2020 internet, broadband, and mobile device access goals: an update using data from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Journal of medical Internet research, 21(6), e13300. https://doi.org/10.2196/13300
Kim, H., Mahmood, A., Goldsmith, J. V., Chang, H., Kedia, S., & Chang, C. F. (2021). Access to broadband internet and its utilization for health information seeking and health communication among informal caregivers in the United States. Journal of Medical Systems, 45(2), 24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-021-01708-9
Nelson, D. E., Kreps, G. L., Hesse, B. W., Croyle, R. T., Willis, G., Arora, N. K., Rimer, B. K., Viswanath, K. V., Weinstein, N., & Alden, S. (2004). The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS): development, design, and dissemination. Journal of Health Communication, 9(5), 443–460. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730490504233
Rains, S. A. (2008). Health at high speed: Broadband Internet access, health communication, and the digital divide. Communication Research, 35(3), 283-297. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650208315958
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December 14, 2022
This is a measure of internet use, quality, and overall broadband access at an individual level. This measure captures how and where an individual uses their internet access to find information, often in a health care context.
Internet access is a social determinant of health, as it enables individuals to access information and connect to others. It is essential to accessing health care systems, health care information, education, food requisition, and being part of a community.
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