Market Research RSS Feeds Research RSS FeedsSat, 07 Dec 2019 21:39:49 GMT Almost half GPs polled have thought about leaving profession due to personal wellbeing concerns, finds survey A Survey of UK based Medical Protection Society members has found that almost one in two have thought about leaving the profession due to concerns over personal wellbeing. 59% of Brits trust NHS and healthcare providers most when it comes to trust over data 59% of Brits trust NHS and healthcare providers most when it comes to trust over data: When it comes to using our personal data ethically, British adults trust the NHS and healthcare providers the most, according to the latest survey fundings from the Open Data Institute. Two-fifths of patients do not have visitors during hospital stay, suggests survey Two-fifths of patients do not have visitors during hospital stay: A survey of nurses working in acute care hospitals has revealed that two-fifths of their patients do not have a visitor during their stay. The nurses polled in the study for the Royal Voluntary Service said that a lack of visitors had a negative impact on a patient health and could slow recovery time down in a variety of ways. Two thirds of bone specialists say osteoporosis is a 'neglected condition', according to survey Two thirds of bone specialists say osteoporosis is a 'neglected condition': A European survey of bone specialists has revealed that two-thirds (66%) believe osteoporosis is a 'neglected conditon', under prioritised by their country's healthcare system. Survey reveals waiting times for GP appointments have exceeded two weeks for first time Survey reveals waiting times for GP appointments have exceeded two weeks for first time: A survey asking GPs how long their average wait times are for non-urgent appointments has found patients are waiting more than two weeks to be seen (14.8 days.) This is the first time that waiting times have exceeded a fortnight, up from 13.9 days last year, and 12.8 days in both 2016 and 2017. A quarter of GP appointments taken by nurses, reveals poll A quarter of GP appointments taken by nurses: A survey by NHS England ahead of plans to review general practice across England has found nurses take one in four GP appointments (25%) - up from 24% last year. Survey reveals fall in levels of satisfaction among NHS hospital inpatients Survey reveals fall in levels of satisfaction among NHS hospital inpatients: An annual survey of inpatients at NHS hospitals has revealed that satisfaction levels have fallen. Britons get drunk more frequently than people in 35 other countries, according to survey Britons get drunk more frequently than people in 35 other countries: A global survey into the drinking habits of people around the world has found people from the UK get intoxicated more often than people in 35 other countries polled. Less than half patients aware of right to choose hospital when accessing NHS treatment, according to poll Less than half patients aware of right to choose hospital when accessing NHS treatment: A survey asking people about outpatient appointments after being referred for treatment has revealed more than half (55%) of those who had seen a GP in the last 12 months and who had been referred for an outpatient appointment (2,313) had not been offered a choice of hospital or clinic. More than half NHS staff considering leaving their role, according to survey More than half NHS staff considering leaving their role: A survey of NHS workers has found 51% are thinking about leaving their current role, with just over a fifth (21%) saying they are thinking of leaving the NHS altogether. Public satisfaction with NHS at lowest level since 2007, according to survey Public satisfaction with the NHS at lowest level since 2007: A survey looking at public attitudes in the UK across a range of areas has found satisfaction levels with the NHS overall are at their lowest in over a decade. 60% of young people Google symptoms before making GP appointment 60% of young people Google symptoms before making GP appointment: A survey looking at the behavioural differences between generations when it comes to health and wellbeing found that Generation Z (16 - 23-year old's) are twice as likely to google their symptoms before booking a doctor's appointment than Baby Boomers (aged 54 -72). 'Embarrassing' symptoms cause 1 in 4 people to delay visiting GP, survey finds 'Embarrassing' symptoms cause 1 in 4 people to delay visiting GP: A survey has revealed that 25% of people have put off seeing a doctor because of feelings of embarrassment over their symptoms, meaning serious conditions are at risk of going undiagnosed. Survey finds kids more likely to be obese if their parents are Survey finds kids more likely to be obese if their parents are: The annual Health Survey for England (HSE) has revealed the children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves ' and around three times more likely to be obese than children with parents who have a healthy BMI. Survey reveals GPs unlikely to believe patients about alcohol intake Survey reveals GPs unlikely to believe patients' about alcohol intake: Ever been asked by your GP about your alcohol consumption? Well, it's possible they may double the amount that you tell them -- that's according to recent research by Direct Line life insurance. The survey of almost 2,000 patients and 191 GPs found that many doctors assume patients hold back on telling them the whole truth when it comes to alcohol consumption. A similar survey also found a large number of patients were not clued up on what constituted a safe drinking limit or even had much notion of the amount that they regularly consume. Doctors, according to the survey, only believe 40 percent of patients they see tell them the full story when it comes to questions surrounding alcohol. And when it comes to underestimating how much alcohol they drink, young women are the worst offenders, the survey found. Responses by GPs found that 21 percent believed their patients displayed signs of high alcohol dependence, and 19 percent a moderate dependence. Patient responses When it came to polling patients, GPs suspicions were proven correct in some cases with many admitting to not being wholly honest when asked about alcohol. Two-thirds polled admitted they had no idea what the weekly limit was and 20 percent said they regularly drink more than the recommended amount. One in five respondents said they did not keep tabs on how much they were drinking, while 16% felt they weren't alone in misrepresenting how much they drank. Being judged by their family doctor was a fear of 14% of patients, while a further 14% felt that asking about alcohol consumption was irrelevant. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Over-consumption of alcohol can have a huge negative effect on our health and wellbeing, so being honest with your GP or other healthcare professional, as well as yourself, about how much you drink is an important first step in understanding how it could be impacting your life." Happiness levels have declined for girls and young women, survey finds Happiness levels have declined for girls and young women: A large survey of girls and young women in the UK has revealed some interesting insight into their thoughts and experiences, with light shed on happiness and mental health. The Girls Attitudes Survey 2018 for The Girl Guides is carried out every year and in 2018 polled 1903 girls and young women aged between seven and 21. It found that across all age groups, happiness levels are down since 2009 when 40% said they felt 'very happy'. Today just 25% of girls can say the same. For girls aged 7-10 there has been a drop in happiness from 57% in 2009 to 43% in 2018. For girls 11 - 16 year-olds, the drop is 20 percentage points from 38% to 18% and for young women aged 17-21 years, the number of respondents saying they were 'very happy' has reduced from 29% in 2009 to just 14% in 2018 Looking at girls aged 11 -21, the survey found that nearly half said they have needed support dealing with their mental health. When asked 'which of these do you think are the main causes of stress among girls your age', 69% said exam stress, while in second position was 'pressure from social media' (59%). Interestingly, there are no comparisons to 2011 data for social media' which is another reminder of the dramatic impact it has had in just seven years. Other causes of worry were 'relationships with friends' (53%), 'relationships with a partner' (44%) and 'pressure to look like a celebrity' (44%). Experiences of depression When asked if they knew any girls their age who had experienced depression, 71% said yes, while 62% knew someone who had self-harmed. Almost two thirds (64%) were aware of someone they knew having an anxiety disorder, while 52% knew another girl who had experienced an eating disorder. Just over a third (36%) also revealed they knew someone who had viewed pornography. In terms of happiness, girls were asked which areas of their lives were most affected when they experienced feelings of unhappiness. Half of those polled said it affected 'how confident I feel', relationships with friends and family (41%), health (38%), having fun with friends (36%) and learning (32%). The comparison between girls and boys is also significant, with 9% of boys by the age of 14 reporting experiencing feelings of depression compared to just under a quarter of girls. Over half of Brits willing to share personal data with NHS to improve services, survey finds Over half of Brits willing to share personal data with NHS to improve services: Ensuring our personal data is protected is of great importance to the majority of Brits, but it is essential to the development of Artificial Intelligence, say the authors of recent KPMG report, How the UK Can with the AI Race. The report used data from a survey of 2,000 Britons to find out what the public think about AI and data sharing. It found that of all the organisations presented, people in the UK have the most faith in the NHS ' with 56% saying they would be prepared to share their personal data to develop AI if it led to an improvement of the Service. While over half of respondents would be happy to share their personal data with the NHS, just 8 percent would be willing to share it with the media, 11 percent with charities and 15 percent, pharmaceutical companies. The survey found that the majority of respondents (53 percent) believed that AI would be beneficial to the NHS. Just one in ten (10 percent) thought the impact of sharing data with the NHS would be negative. When it comes to sharing data with the NHS, the top motivations chosen by respondents in favour, were to improve the quality of diagnosis (72 percent) followed by if it would improve the speed of the service (56 percent) and if the NHS could guarantee data was kept secure (52 percent). Over half of those polled (54 percent) believe the benefits of sharing data with the NHS outweighs any risk, compared to 9 percent who disagreed with the statement. The organisations' people were most willing to share personal data with (providing it meant an improved service of capabilities) were as follows: NHS ' 56% Banks ' 47% Police Services ' 33 % None of these ' 24% Government ' 22% Pharmaceutical ' 15 % Charities ' 11 % Media companies ' 11 % Internet Companies ' 8% Political organisations ' 7 % New research sheds light on misconceptions of cancer causes New research sheds light on misconceptions of cancer causes: A study carried out by University College London (UCL) and the University of Leeds, highlights the many beliefs people have around what can cause cancer. The survey, part-funded by Cancer Research UK, questioned 1,330 people and found many of them believed in risk-factors for which there is no solid scientific evidence. Forty-three per cent of respondents believed stress could make them more likely to get cancer, while slightly less (42%), thought consuming food with additives could increase their chances. Other 'mythical' factors according the Cancer Research UK were electromagnetic frequencies (35%), eating GM food (34%), microwave ovens (19%) and drinking from plastic bottles (15%). The study also found 'approximately half of known lifestyle-related risk factors were not recognised by the general public in England'. Respondents did correctly identify some cancer risk factors including smoking (88%), passive smoking (80%) and sunburn (60%). The findings were published in the European Journal of Cancer. Dr Samuel Smith from the University of Leeds said: 'It's worrying to see so many people endorse risk factors for which there is no convincing evidence. 'Compared to past research it appears the number of people believing in unproven causes of cancer has increased since the start of the century which could be a result of changes to how we access news and information through the internet and social media. 'It's vital to improve public education about the causes of cancer if we want to help people make informed decisions about their lives and ensure they aren't worrying unnecessarily.' Clare Hyde from Cancer Research UK said: 'Around four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes so it's crucial we have the right information to help us separate the wheat from the chaff. Healthcare Assistants taking on additional roles often without training Healthcare Assistants taking on additional roles often without training: A survey of healthcare assistants (HCAs) working in the NHS has revealed two thirds of workers are carrying out tasks that are usually the responsibility of nurses or other staff members, often without adequate training or proper supervision. The research by public service union, Unison, polled 2,000 HCAs working in the NHS throughout the UK and found many had undertaken tasks such as taking patients' blood pressure, dressing wounds and giving drugs. Almost three quarters (74%) surveyed said they have had to carry out additional tasks when at work ' because of staff shortages, with more than half (51%) disclosing they had not had any further training to undertake tasks such as giving out medication and changing stoma bags. Follow up to earlier Unison survey The research was ordered to follow up on a 2016 survey by Unison to 'return to some of the key issues identified' to gain an accurate picture of working in the NHS from the point of view of frontline staff. A lack of support and inadequate training Two thirds (63%) of respondents said the support they had from doctors and nurses when left to care for patients was not adequate, while 39 per cent said they are do not feel confident about the safety of patients they are tasked with looking after. The conditions, according to respondents, have been worse over the last winter than the previous year with over half (57%) saying they have had picked up more work this year because of nursing or clinical staff shortages. Compared to last year, 41 per cent of HCAs have also been asked to carry out tasks without being first provided with adequate training, while 37% noted the frequency of having to carry out tasks unsupervised had increased. Nicole, a HCA in Manchester and a case study from the Unison study, said: 'On my first day I was shown how to do tasks like taking pulses and blood pressure by another HCA. They said they'd never been properly trained how to do it and weren't really sure if they were doing it properly. HCAs are doing ECGs and taking bloods, that's a lot of responsibility.' UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: 'Healthcare assistants are being left to fill staffing gaps and do vital tasks without recognition or reward. It's bad for them and bad for patients. 'It is important these staff receive training for all the extra responsibilities they're expected to take on. 'It's clear the pressures on them to act as nurse substitutes have increased over the winter. The Government needs to show they value healthcare assistants by investing in their training.' Ninety per cent of councils cutting services aimed at preventing illness Ninety per cent of councils cutting services aimed at preventing illness: Funding has been cut to public health services by 90% of councils, putting greater pressure on GPs, an investigation has found. Services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol treatment programmes and help to quit smoking services have had their funding dramatically reduced or even stopped in some cases. The research by GP publication, Pulse, surveyed 80 councils to compile the data, which has caused doctors to warn the situation will put additional strain on an already stretched National Health Service. Council cuts to preventative health services The service to experience the greatest cuts by councils is drug and alcohol treatment services ' with 87 per cent of councils cutting funding. Funding for these services has been reduced by 3 per cent (on average) and was also subject to a 6 per cent cut in 2017. Funding to sexual health clinics has been cut by 83 per cent of councils and by an average of 2 percent this year, with funding cut by 5 per cent just 12 months ago. Smoking services have also been cut by 73 per cent of councils, although this is largely the same as it was last year, while many weight-management services have been stopped altogether. Chairman of the British Medical Association's GP committee, Dr Richard Vautrey, said: "Practices are all too often left picking up the pieces and patients are losing the option of access to important services in their area. "Ultimately these short-sighted cuts will cost the NHS in the long run as we don't properly invest in prevention and health promotion." Between 2015-2017 the public health grant for England was slashed by around 10% and in 2019-20 from £3.5 billion to £3.34 billion.