Taking Charge: Health, Attitudes Toward Doctors, and Self-Diagnosing

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Women and Their Doctors

  • Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of women surveyed have encountered inattentive, unreceptive, or inaccessible doctors in the past five years.
  • Only one out of five women (22 percent) aged 25-39 see doctors as trusted allies. Similarly, only 26 percent of women aged 40-49, and 33 percent of women aged 50-64, state as such.
  • While almost two-thirds (63 percent) of women aged 50-64 say that they can talk freely with their doctor, only half (53 percent) of women aged 25-39 stated as such.
  • As women experience more medical conditions, they are more likely to have positive attitudes toward doctors. For example, 63 percent of women who have experienced five or more medical conditions state that doctors genuinely care about their health.

"As women become increasingly more educated medical consumers, it has clarified for us at Ladies' Home Journal how vital and lifesaving our role is as a popular and mainstream source of health information," says Diane Salvatore, Editor-in-Chief. "American women are at the front lines of healthcare, for themselves and their families, and we take seriously our role as a trusted source they use to make decisions about their family's well-being and safety."

Originally published on LHJ.com, April 2006.


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