Survey: 64 percent of consumers say they can make more health-related decisions themselves

By Aditi Pai
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Pfizer self care surveyA majority of consumers are willing to take greater ownership of their health, according to a survey of 2,024 US adults and 516 primary care physicians.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and Pfizer.

The survey found that 64 percent of respondents said they could be making more decisions about their health and wellness, 88 percent of respondents said they are confident in their abilities to take responsibility for their health, and 89 percent said they know which resources to use if they have health-related questions or concerns.

Respondents also said they enjoyed having ownership of their health -- 92 percent said they like being in control of their health and 80 percent said they feel expected to manage their health more now than ever before. 

“The survey findings demonstrate that people have a growing desire to manage their own health and take on these important decisions personally and for their loved ones," NCPIE Executive Vice President Ray Bullman said in a statement. "In addition to working with healthcare professionals, individuals are actively seeking ways to treat, diagnose, and manage their health conditions and want the information and tools to do it better."

Respondents expressed uncertainty when asked about over the counter medications (OTC). Some 38 percent of respondents said they didn't think they had enough information to "confidently decide" which OTC product they should use, but 56 percent said they ask their physician, pharmacist, or another provider for help when they are choosing.

Some 67 percent of respondents said they research health problems and symptoms. Sixty-four percent said they track health indicators like weight and blood pressure, and 95 percent of respondents said they associate health management habits like diet and exercise.