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Good news: Patients value your opinion more than you may think
e-Reports, April 4, 2011
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Your patients may be turning to other sources for health information, but a new poll suggests they continue to trust your advice.

A recent Gallup poll shows 70 percent of Americans do not feel the need for a second opinion because of strong confidence in their physicians. The results are up from 64 percent in 2002.

“The efficacy of common medical procedures such as mammograms, PSA tests, vitamin D and back surgery have been questioned in recent years,” explained Frank Newport, author of the report.

“One might have expected all of these circumstances to increase the interest of average Americans in validating their doctors’ advice. But that has not occurred.”

The November 2010 poll was based on random telephone interviews of 511 adults with sampling error of +/- 5 percentage points.

Find the complete survey on the Gallup website.

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