Four out of ten NHS patients are not aware that they could have a say in the decisions made about th...
Four out of ten NHS patients are not aware that they could have a say in the decisions made about their own treatment and operations, says Mori research commissioned by BUPA.
According to the data on over 2,000 people in the UK, over 40% of those questioned were unable to say what 'Patient Choice' means when it comes to the National Health Service, because they were not even aware of a government initiative to give patients a greater influence over the time and place of their treatment.
Almost 30% of people said they understood 'patient choice' to mean being able to choose which hospital to have your operation in, or being more involved in that choice.
In second place, and with just 14% of the vote, people said they believed choice to mean 'they were able to choose or had more choice in the medication they take.
Fewer than one in ten suggested 'patient choice' meant they could choose the surgeon for their operation, choose an alternative treatment (such as homeopathy or acupuncture), being provided with more info or receiving a diagnosis or treatment quicker.
General Practitioners (GPs), on the other hand, seem to think that their patients are more aware of their choices, despite Mori evidence which suggests 38% of those questioned did not know NHS patients have any choices and another 36% didn't know what choices they have.
At least 83% of GPs say NHS patients can choose to be provided with more advice while 67% also said patients can be involved in choosing which treatment they have.
Questions were asked as part of a research study, for the BUPA Health Debate 2003, called 'Trust me I'm a patient - can healthcare afford the informed consumer'?
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