Healthcare attitudes of the nation revealed

People in the UK are more aware of mental health issues than elsewhere in Europe, yet half have experienced or feel close to burn-out.

That’s according to the new STADA Health Report 2019, a major study into attitudes to healthcare carried out by Kantar Health on behalf of STADA Arzneimittel AG, which specialises in mainstream healthcare (Covonia, Cetraben, Hedrin, Savlon, Zoflora…) across 120 different countries.

As part of the report, 2,000 people aged between 18 and 99 in the UK – and a further 16,000 respondents from eight other European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Spain) – shared their opinions on health-related matters of the future.

The findings show:

  • The UK is split down the middle on whether we would be happy to be treated by a doctor via a webcam for a minor illness. 49 per cent would try using the approach but the remaining 51 per cent say it would feel weird or would want personal interaction.
  • We are similarly divided over the use of robots in surgery. Half of us say we would be willing to have a robot involved in surgery, if under supervision from a doctor, but 23 per cent say they would never put their life in the hands of a machine.
  • Nearly eight in ten of us would agree to have our genes tested to be informed about future risks to our health. However, only 28 per cent of us know what can actually be discovered by genetic testing.
  • The UK is more aware of mental health issues – but many are still skeptical. Half of us say we have been close to or experienced a burnout (fatigue, lack of motivation and insomnia combined) but while 52 per cent of those 50 and over say they have never felt close, only a third of 18-34s say it’s never been a problem for them. 41 per cent of us say the rise in burnouts is very alarming but one in six of us say it’s a fad or hyped up.
  • Women are more likely to try and get themselves better themselves when they feel unwell. 36 per cent say they self-medicate with household remedies, such as honey and lemon, peppermint or a hot water bottle, with a minor illness as opposed to going to the chemist or doctors for medication. Only 23 per cent of men say the same.
  • Most of us are not planning on changing our status as organ donors when the law changes next year. From spring 2020, the UK will move to an opt-out system where anyone who does not want their organ and tissue donated will need to actively say so. 55% of those questioned in the UK say they would keep their status as donors because it is ‘good and sensible’.

Peter Goldschmidt, CEO STADA Arzneimittel AG, said: “This is STADA’s 5th annual Health Report and we are excited to share the results. The insights will help us to understand trends and perceptions much better to serve patients and healthcare professionals even stronger in the future.”

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