The majority of Americans have a positive view of physicians but mistrust and other issues linger, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
Physicians care about the best interests of their patients:
Older adults (65%) were more likely to believe physicians care about their patients’ best interests all or most of the time vs younger adults (49%).
Physicians do a good job providing recommendations:
Over half (56%) of adults aged ≥50 years said physicians do a good job providing diagnoses and treatment recommendations all or most of the time vs 42% of those aged <50 years.
Physicians provide fair and accurate information:
Physicians are transparent about conflicts of interest:
Physicians admit mistakes and take responsibility:
The problem of physicians' professional misconduct is:
Physicians face serious consequences for misconduct:
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A majority of US adults (74%) have a positive view of physicians, however, mistrust remains an issue according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of Americans agedÂ â¥18 years. Over 4000 adults were surveyed to explore the public's trust in scientists who work in either the medical, nutritional, or environmental field. In the slideshow below, we highlight data from the survey subset (2238) of adults who answered a series of questions specifically regarding their views of medical doctors; topics ranged from professional misconduct to quality of treatment recommendations. Scroll through for a look into the public's perception of physicians by-the-numbers.