Do we have a fear of going to the GP incase something gets flagged up?
- Unhealthy people are less likely to visit the GP due to the ‘Fear of Finding Out’
- 60 percent of adults have a fatalistic or negative attitude towards their own health
- New report highlights psychological barriers which could be delaying diagnosis and optimal health outcomes
- The report is launched as AbbVie announces a new partnership programme for 2017, called Live:Lab TM, which aims to improve the nation’s health through focusing on prevention
MAIDENHEAD, UK, 30 January 2017 – AbbVie, a global research-based biopharmaceutical company, today publishes a new evidence review in partnership with think tank 2020health which highlights the psychological reasons which are causing British adults to delay or avoid seeking medical attention.
The new report, titled ‘The Fear of Finding Out: identifying psychological barriers to symptom presentation and diagnosis in the UK’, has found that despite the abundance of health information now available, one of the main barriers preventing adults from making healthier lifestyle choices is a ‘Fear of Finding Out’. This makes up nearly a third of all conscious reasons why individuals may be delaying or avoiding visiting their doctor or seeking medical advice when they may be concerned, or not taking the relevant steps to improve their health.