Posted by: Thixia | July 3, 2008

Patient Behaviours Depend Significantly On Level Of Health

Patient Behaviours Depend Significantly On Level Of Health, New Survey Results Show


Whether a patient has poor health or good health can affect his or her behaviours relating to physicians, taking prescription drugs, sources of health information and trust in health care professionals, the Patient Behaviour Study by MRxHealth suggests.

An online questionnaire surveyed 546 adult consumers in the United States. Researchers considered the sample to be representative of all U.S. adults with Internet access. The study took place in two phases.

Participants were asked to place themselves into one of four categories: poor health (9 percent), low-average health (31 percent), high-average health (38 percent) and good health (21 percent).

Overall, 87 percent of participants said they had received a specific prescription when they asked a physician for it. Those with poor health were three times as likely as other health groups to make such a request. Patients with poor health also searched for health information more often than those with average health and good health; most of those in poor health searched at least once a week compared with one to three times per month in the other groups.

In general, 36 percent of participants said they had ceased taking their prescription drugs without seeking a physician’s counsel. Approximately 33 percent of these patients quit because of side effects, 25 percent because of the cessation of symptoms and 18 percent because the medications were too expensive. The report said poor and low-average health group members are at a 1.5-fold risk for stopping their medication without first talking to a physician.

Twenty-four percent of those surveyed said they do not have confidence in the majority of health care professionals. Those with high-average health and good health reported better relationships with their physicians than did those with low-average health.

Approximately one-third of patients are interested in prescription drug ads, including 45 percent of those with poor health and 24 percent of those with good health.

In addition, the survey results showed that 81 percent of consumers use the Internet as a primary source of health information, while 70 percent gain knowledge from their physician. Approximately 34 percent ask for a prescription as a direct result of information acquired through the Internet.

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