HINTS: Moving from Data to Reality
Disseminating evidence-based programs and policies requires that researchers, policy makers, and practitioners take active roles in the process. While their perspectives, systems, and practices vary, their goal remains the same: to reduce the burden of disease and move from "research to reality." The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) is a data collection program created to monitor changes in the rapidly evolving field of health communication. Survey researchers are using the data to understand how adults 18 years and older use different communication channels, including the Internet, to obtain vital health information for themselves and their loved ones. Public health practitioners are using the data to overcome barriers to health information usage across populations and are obtaining the data they need to create more effective communication strategies.