WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., September 21, 2016 – Some 93 percent of Americans say it's important to them to be healthy in general - not just "get better" when they are sick. And yet 3 in 4 Americans (76 percent) say they are prevented in some way from being their healthiest self, according to a new consumer attitudes study about health. They have widespread concerns about being and staying healthy, as well as lack the time, interest and motivation to pursue good health.
Novant Health commissioned the study, which was conducted online by Harris Poll in March 2016 among 2,104 U.S.
adults aged 18 and older.
The study, “Novant Health Consumer Attitudes about Health,” found that most American adults are worried about their health, with 85 percent saying that something concerns them. Just 17 percent gave themselves top marks – an “A” grade ─ in terms of staying healthy. Most reported some dissatisfaction with their health. The survey found that 34 percent believe their health could be better and 47 percent believe they’re generally healthy but have areas to work on. One-third (33 percent) said their lack of motivation or interest prevents them from being their healthiest self.
American adults’ attitudes about health show a lack of motivation or interest that may be contributing to their inability to achieve the health they want. The biggest barriers to being and staying healthy, according to the survey, are lack of interest/motivation (33 percent), time (30 percent) and cost (27 percent).
Younger adults, especially millennials (ages 18 to 35), report a lack of time as the biggest barrier to better health. A full
two-thirds of millennials (66 percent) said they would take better care of themselves if they had more time to do so.
More women than men said they face barriers to being healthy. Factors include family responsibilities, more time spent
on sedentary activities, and stress.
"This research further confirms that there isn’t just one solution to empower Americans to live a healthy lifestyle," said Jesse Cureton, Novant Health executive vice president and chief consumer officer. "True health and wellness requires several vital factors to come together and play a strategic role. Those factors include having quality physicians who understand how to interact with patients, developing innovative resources like Novant Health’s MyChart which empowers patients to engage with their physician and, most importantly, a healthcare system that reinvests its resources in population and public health initiatives."
Very few U.S. adults feel that right now is their “healthiest” point in their lives.
Few Americans give themselves top marks when reflecting on how well they take care of themselves.
Time is seen as a barrier to health for many Americans. However, on a daily basis, Americans spend significantly more time on sedentary activities than they do exercising.
Overwhelmingly, consumers feel it is important to be healthy in general, not just “get better” when they are sick.
Americans do not proactively seek out health information.
“Quality” in healthcare is defined multidimensionally.
The internet is a top health resource, but there is some question about its value and whether it does more harm than good.
There is a clear priority, but a lack of action, around end-of-life care planning.
The way consumers engage in healthcare depends on age and gender.
This survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Novant Health from March 1-9, 2016, among 2,104 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. For complete research method, including weighting variables and additional subgroup sample sizes, please visit NovantHealth.org/ConsumerAttitudes or email [email protected]
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health consists of more than 1,380 physicians and nearly 24,000 employees and provides care at 530 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4 million patients annually and in 2015 provided more than $706 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work and SK&A ranks Novant Health among the top 25 integrated health systems in the nation. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.
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