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Why do People Avoid Medical Care? A Qualitative Study Using National Data

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Why do People Avoid Medical Care? A Qualitative Study Using National Data

1/3rd of us avoid docs

In this NCBI article you'll learn about:
  • Reasons for avoiding medical care are nuanced and highly varied. Understanding why people do not make it through the clinic door is critical to extending the reach and effectiveness of patient care.

  • This study presents a comprehensive description and conceptual categorization of reasons people avoid medical care. People often avoid seeking medical care even when they suspect it may be necessary.

  • Nearly one-third of respondents in a recent U.S. survey reported avoiding the doctor. Avoidance of medical care can occur at any point on the disease continuum, including preventing and detecting asymptomatic disease.

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