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The Academy of Medical Sciences Medical Information Survey

Two surveys of GPs and the general public on their trust in and use of medical information.

  • Only about a third (37%) of the public trust evidence from medical research, compared to approximately two-thirds (65%) who trust the experiences of their friends and family.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of British adults and four-fifths (82%) of GPs believe that clinical trial research funded by the pharmaceutical industry is often biased to produce a positive outcome.
  • About half (47%) of British adults agree that, where possible, doctors should prescribe preventive treatments even if these have moderate side effects, while only about one-third (34%) of GPs say the same.

Date Published: 20/06/2017

Categories: Health | Professionals | Public and communities

Client: The Academy of Medical Sciences


ComRes interviewed 2,041 members of the British public online between 18 and 20 March 2016 in the UK, and 1,013 GPs online between 16 and 26 March 2016. General public data are weighted to be nationally representative of all British adults aged 18+, by age, gender, region and socioeconomic group. GPs data are representative by former SHA region.

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