Poll: 91% of women don’t know heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women and 81% aren’t aware that the Pap test screens only for cervical cancer. Counseling and education are needed.
Gaps in women's knowledge about their own health and their concerns about not "being heard" by their primary care clinicians are among the troubling findings of a new poll conducted by primary care collaborative MDVIP and Ipsos.
In addition to having limited knowledge about the health issues that most affect them, significant portions of those surveyed said they don't talk to their primary care clinician about mental health, including feelings of depression and anxiety; 1 in 3 say some of their concerns haven't been taken seriously and that they felt there wasn't time enough to ask all their questions.
The short slide show below is a top-line look at the findings and may be interesting, even surprising, to primary care clinicians.
According to MDVIP chief medical officer Andrea Klemes, DO, the shallow pool of data on women in clinical research means less professional knowledge about the role gender plays in the experience of disease, symptom presentation. and response to medication.
Approximately three-quarters of women polled have never been screened for biomarkers that can help predict the risk of future cardiovascular disease.
Poll respondents said that the relationship with their primary care provider is important to them, but 1 in 3 had negative experiences during clinic visits.
Younger women (aged 20-34years) by far expressed greater dissatisfaction with care or reluctance to prioritize their own care vs older women (aged 55+ years).
More younger women than older women expressed feelings of being rushed and not being taken seriously by a primary care clinician on some matters.
More than two-thirds of women responding to the poll placed their current health concern about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ahead of cancer and heart disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected mental health among American women with more than half feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed and many feeling close to a break down. Coping by picking up unhealthy habits, eg, overeating and consuming alcohol, has affected just under one-half of poll respondents.
The Ipsos poll was conducted between March 5 and 9, 2021, on behalf of MDVIP. A sample of 1446 women aged ≥20 years from the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English.