Surprising lack of confidence in doctors, U.S. poll suggests
2019-06-10 from cbc.ca
Doctors are up there on the list of Canadians' most respected professionals. One poll put them just behind farmers and well ahead of politicians. A recent U.S. survey by The Harris Poll suggests that a surprising number of Americans may feel otherwise.
The online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults was commissioned by the Federation of State Medical Board or FSMB. This is the organization that represents state medical boards that license and regulate doctors much like provincial colleges of physicians and surgeons in Canada.
Of the 2,018 Americans surveyed between October 5-9, 2018, 409 said they have experienced an interaction with a physician they believed was acting unethically, unprofessionally, or was providing what they believed to be substandard care. That's just under one in five Americans surveyed.
The poll had significant gender differences. Women were twice as likely (24 per cent) as men (12 per cent) to say they had experienced unprofessional conduct by a doctor.
There were age-related differences as well. Adults 18 to 34 years of age were most likely (22 per cent) to believe they had experienced misconduct, followed closely by those aged 55 to 64 years (20 per cent). The survey suggested that Americans aged 65 years and up were least likely (12 per cent) to have seen or experienced unprofessional behaviour by the doctor.
The survey also found that doctor misconduct was nearly twice as prevalent in the American South and Midwest regions as compared to the American Northwest.
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