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Table 2 Characteristics of Respondents Choosing Doctor/Healthcare Provider as First Source of Health Information

From: Odds of talking to healthcare providers as the initial source of healthcare information: updated cross-sectional results from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

  Data Years 2011–2012 (n = 937) Data Years 2011–2014 (n = 1789)
  N Weighted % 95% CI N Weighted % 95% CI
Gender
 Male 385 43.16 38.56–47.88 742 45.42 41.98–48.91
 Female 531 53.81 48.90–58.64 1014 51.95 48.36–55.53
 Missing 21 3.03 1.26–7.13 42 2.63 1.48–4.63
Age
 18–45 150 28.62 24.00–33.74 271 29.20 25.50–33.21
 46–64 347 34.66 30.46–39.11 675 34.03 31.09–37.11
 65–75 241 18.14 15.47–21.16 441 16.49 14.69–18.47
 76–99 179 14.71 12.44–17.30 345 15.08 13.26–17.09
 Missing 20 3.87 1.30–10.92 66 5.19 3.18–8.36
Rurality
 Yes 21 2.32 1.37–3.91 39 2.34 1.47–3.69
 No 916 97.68 96.09–98.63 1759 97.66 96.31–98.53
 Missing
Cancer history
 Yes 186 13.50 11.36–15.96 364 13.45 11.87–15.20
 No 746 86.12 83.67–88.25 1413 84.98 83.01–86.75
 Missing 5 0.39 0.14–1.05 21 1.58 0.78–3.15
General health
 Excellent 71 8.71 6.00–12.46 131 8.52 6.62–10.90
 Very good 302 31.08 26.58–35.96 578 32.06 28.84–35.46
 Good 347 34.63 30.25–39.27 655 36.73 33.29–40.32
 Fair 141 16.47 12.83–20.90 279 14.78 12.29–17.66
 Poor 52 6.48 3.58–11.45 98 5.04 3.34–7.53
 Missing 24 2.64 1.60–4.33 57 2.88 2.02–4.08
Income
 Less than $20,000 234 26.40 21.31–32.21 466 25.56 22.13–29.32
 $20,000 to $49,999 258 27.10 22.54–32.21 485 26.57 23.31–30.11
 $50 k or above 311 34.14 29.91–38.65 577 34.25 31.15–37.49
 Missing 134 12.35 9.31–16.21 270 13.63 11.46–16.13
Race/Ethnicity
 White, NH 532 58.93 53.77–63.90 912 56.04 52.30–59.71
 Black, NH 143 9.18 7.13–11.73 290 10.64 8.58–13.14
 Hispanic 111 16.36 12.42–21.25 245 15.31 12.56–18.53
 Other, NH 63 6.74 4.44–10.10 111 5.63 4.12–7.63
 Missing 88 8.80 6.48–11.83 240 12.39 10.14–15.05
Education
 Less than high school 118 23.11 17.99–29.16 239 20.42 17.14–24.15
 High school graduate 240 23.01 19.23–27.27 431 21.77 19.07–24.73
 Some college 292 31.83 27.26–36.79 570 31.00 27.57–34.65
 College or above 266 20.39 17.46–23.66 494 23.23 20.61–26.08
 Missing 21 1.67 0.97–2.86 64 3.57 2.52–5.04
Health insurance
 Yes 855 86.04 80.79–90.02 1638 87.10 83.88–89.76
 No 65 10.74 7.54–15.08 122 9.76 7.53–12.57
 Missing 17 3.22 1.10–9.11 38 3.13 1.68–5.77
Veteran status
 Veteran 139 11.45 9.04–14.39 264 11.52 9.68–13.67
 Non-veteran 735 80.64 76.31–84.34 1391 80.30 77.24–83.03
 Missing 63 7.91 5.27–11.72 143 8.18 6.24–10.64
Internet use
 Yes 550 61.81 56.45–66.90 1042 61.36 57.74–64.85
 No 386 38.17 33.07–43.53 744 37.97 34.54–41.52
 Missing 1 0.03 0.00–0.19 12 0.67 0.24–1.91
Access to Internet
 Telephone line 52 5.10 3.15–8.14 93 4.70 3.40–6.46
 Broadband 359 37.47 32.29–42.96 645 38.52 34.84–42.34
 Cellular network 166 22.29 17.49–27.95 370 25.37 21.81–29.29
 Wireless network 274 31.30 26.59–36.43 565 35.61 31.90–39.49
 Missing 12 5.12 1.58–15.31 27 3.77 1.62–8.50
Data Year
 2011 436 42.15 37.45–47.01 436 21.91 19.36–24.68
 2012 501 57.85 52.99–62.55 501 30.06 26.64–33.72
 2013 408 23.11 20.15–26.35
 2014 453 24.92 21.87–28.25
  1. CI Confidence Interval, NH Non-Hispanic