Poll: during the pandemic, a quarter of Russians abstained from medical examinations

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Poll: during the pandemic, a quarter of Russians abstained from medical examinations
Poll: during the pandemic, a quarter of Russians abstained from medical examinations
27 December 2021, 11:46SocietyPhoto: freepik.com
During the coronavirus pandemic, every fourth Russian refrained from preventive medical examinations, as evidenced by the data of the international study STADA Health Report. This is significantly higher than the European average (18%).

Almost two out of five (38%) Russians visit a doctor only in case of pain or discomfort. This figure has increased by 12 points compared to 2019.

Moreover, in Russia, only 15% of residents believe that regular preventive examinations are necessary and reasonable.

For comparison, in Europe this opinion is held by 34% - more than a third of the population.

The study also showed that so far only 53% of Russians are ready to positively perceive telemedicine technologies and "go for treatment" via a webcam or via the Internet, and only in the case of a limited number of diseases.

It is currently 4 points below the European average. However, the trend for the use of telemedicine technologies continues to rapidly gain momentum, despite the fact that for three out of ten Russians (30%), personal communication with a doctor is still very important.

“The STADA Health Report study showed that due to the pandemic, almost every fifth Russian (19%) had to refuse regular visits to the doctor, necessary to monitor chronic diseases. This is almost double the European average (10%). In this regard, the issue of the availability of preventive medical examinations is still relevant.

This year, we offered to support the health care system in the form of organizing medical examinations for people living in the most remote corners of our country, on the basis of the STADA Mobile Diagnostic Complex, which will undoubtedly help to give a positive momentum to the solution of this issue, "said Elena Semyonova. Vice President, STADA Prescription Drugs in the Russia and CIS Region.

This year, such a mobile diagnostic complex (four doctors' offices equipped with modern high-tech medical equipment) went to the Republic of Karelia.

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