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Table 2 Characteristics health information seekers choosing doctor or healthcare provider first (n = 937)

From: The National Cancer Institute’s Health Information National Trends Survey [HINTS]: a national cross-sectional analysis of talking to your doctor and other healthcare providers for health information

  N Weighted % 95% CI
Gender    
  Male 385 43.16 38.61 – 47.71
  Female 531 53.81 49.38 – 58.23
  Missing 21 3.03 0.47 – 5.58
Age    
  18–45 150 28.62 23.12-34.13
  46–64 347 34.66 30.02-39.31
  65–75 241 18.14 15.31-20.97
  76–99 179 14.71 12.17-17.24
  Missing 20 3.87 0–8.13
Rurality    
  Yes (8–9) 21 2.32 1.11-3.53
  No (1–7) 916 97.68 96.47-98.89
  Missing ~ ~ ~
Cancer history    
  Yes 186 13.50 11.25-15.74
  No 746 86.12 83.83-88.40
  Missing 5 .39 0–0.78
General health    
  Excellent 71 8.71 5.77-11.64
  Very good 302 31.08 26.47-35.68
  Good 347 34.63 30.00-39.25
  Fair 141 16.47 12.70-20.24
  Poor 52 6.48 2.81-10.15
  Missing 24 2.64 1.36-3.92
Income    
  Less than and $20,000 234 26.40 21.01 – 31.79
  $20,000 to $49,999 258 27.10 22.20 – 32.00
  $50 k or above 311 34.14 30.68 – 38.22
  Missing 134 12.35 8.96 – 15.75
Race/Ethnicity    
  White, NH 532 58.93 54.15 – 63.72
  African-American, NH 143 9.17 6.94 – 11.41
  Hispanic 111 16.36 11.63 – 21.08
  Other, NH 63 6.74 3.89 – 9.58
  Missing 88 8.80 6.23 – 11.37
Education    
  Less than high School 118 23.11 17.22 – 28.99
  High school graduate 240 23.01 18.84 – 27.17
  Some college 292 31.83 26.98 – 36.69
  College or above 266 20.39 17.08 – 23.69
  Missing 21 1.67 0.82 – 2.51
Health insurance    
  Yes 853 85.86 81.56 – 90.15
  No 69 13.02 8.83 – 17.21
  Missing 15 1.12 0.41 – 1.84
Veteran status    
  Veteran 139 11.45 8.87 – 14.02
  Non-Veteran 735 80.64 77.11 – 84.17
  Missing 63 7.91 4.84 – 10.99
Internet use    
  Yes 550 61.81 57.11 – 66.50
  No 386 38.17 33.48 – 42.85
  Missing 1 0.03 0.00 – 0.08
Access to internet    
  Telephone line 52 5.09 2.67-7.53
  Broadband (DSL, cable, or FIOS) 359 37.47 32.33-42.61
  Cellular network (phone, 3G/4G) 166 22.29 16.53-28.04
  Wireless network (Wi-Fi) 274 31.30 26.00-36.60
  Missing 12 5.12 0.00-10.84