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HC/HIT-3 Data Details

HC/HIT-3 Increase the proportion of persons who report that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS); National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
51.6 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of persons aged 18 years and over who report always being involved in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted.
Total number of persons aged 18 years and over who have talked with a health care professional in the past 12 months.
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey:


In the past 12 months when you talked with a health care professional, how often did they involve you in decisions about your health care as much as you wanted?

  1. Always
  2. Usually
  3. Sometimes
  4. Never


During the past 12 months, not counting times you went to an emergency room, how many times did you go to a doctor, nurse, or other health professional to get care for yourself?

  1. 1 time
  2. 2 times
  3. 3 times
  4. 4 times
  5. 5-9 times
  6. 10 or more times
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

HINTS is a biennial, cross-sectional survey of a nationally-representative sample of American adults that is used to assess the impact of the health information environment.

Responses of “always” to the NUMERATOR question were considered to be positive responses for the purpose of measuring this objective.