Trust the Russian doctors falls, the survey showed

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage in fotomonster at the registration Desk in the clinic. Archival photoTrust the Russian doctors falls, the survey showed© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

The credibility of the doctors in Russia in recent years has declined, if in 2010-2015 of confidence in the medics said more than half of Russians, then this year — just over a third, the survey showed the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM).

«Trust in doctors in the last few years has decreased, the status and profitability of the profession also began to evaluate lower than before. Thus, the average score on the question of credibility is 3.2 vs 3.5 in 2015 (out of a possible 5),» — noted in the study, which is available to RIA Novosti.

According to VTSIOM for 2010-2015, trust doctors then expressed, more than half of Russians (53 to 56% in different years), about mistrust said on average, every fifth (20-22%, in 2013 – 16%). According to the results of the current survey, trust doctors now 36% of Russians do not trust – 20%, with many (44%) were undecided on this question.

However, those respondents who in the last six months sought help from the state or private clinic, trust doctors more (39%) than those for the same period did not resort to medical care (29%).

The position of doctors in society today Russians assess the average of 3.1 points below citizens assessed the profitability of this profession – 2.8 points out of a possible 5; these figures decreased in comparison with 2014, then both of them were at around 3.2 points, said sociologists.

If we talk about percentage, these two issues are also unable to answer a large proportion of respondents. Thus, the high position of doctors in society today believe 32% of respondents, low – 26%, and found it difficult to assess the status of the profession 42% of respondents. High paying profession of doctor is considered 25% of respondents, low-income – 35%, and 40% were undecided.

According to the survey, in addition to the traditional «treatment» and «health» to doctors and other health workers (nurses, orderlies) the Russians have mostly positive associations such as «help», «salvation», «hope», «compassion» and «mindfulness». However, such negative features as lack of confidence, dissatisfaction, indifference, poor attitude to patients, respondents named more to the doctors than for nurses.

According to the practice leader, information policy and communication technologies VTSIOM Cyril homeland, in the public mind formed a clear trend: those who have practical experience in seeking medical services, assess the situation much better than those who has no such experience.

«In view of the fact that the alternative practice of real cases is an informational work with the population, you need to understand that the important support of public policy reforms in the health sector needs to be outreach, presenting a clear image of how the health care system», — said the expert, commenting on the survey results.

The poll was conducted from 31 August to 4 September 2017 among 1.6 thousand respondents in 130 populated localities in 46 regions of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.