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March 30, 2017
From pigs causing anemia to a single insulin shot curing diabetes, InCrowd microsurvey highlights US clinicians’ reports of the medical myths told to them by patients;
the stranger side of patient care underscores the need for education and communication
BOSTON, MA March 31, 2017 — Medical misconceptions are rampant among the US patient population and they underscore the need for continued patient education, according to a new microsurvey from InCrowd, an award winning provider of real-time market intelligence to the life sciences and healthcare industries.
In celebration of April Fool’s Day, InCrowd asked 200 US physicians and nurses for the most unusual patient healthcare misinformation and anecdotes they’ve heard throughout their years of practice. All of the contributors to the microsurvey had a story of misguided care.
Of these clinicians:
While some responses may provide a chuckle, they highlight the longevity of old wives’ tales, and the need for continuous, fact-based healthcare education that rebuts them.
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“InCrowd’s data reveal a glaring gap in patient education regarding some of the country’s most prevalent health issues: vaccinations, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer and more,” noted Phil Moyer, InCrowd’s Senior Director of Crowd Operations. “Patients should not be judged for being misinformed, but the data provides those in health and wellness, an opportunity to improve communication. The onus is on both the healthcare community and the media to empower the public with the facts and guidance that best inform patient health behaviors. Though the most prevalent medical myths may always exist, conversations with practitioners may go a long way in helping patients manage their health and achieve optimal outcomes.”
InCrowd’s microsurvey responses were sourced in a two day period on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, with n=200 clinicians with an average age of 46 and average of 14 years in practice.
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