Diabetes UK | June 2018 | One in three turn to internet over a GP for medical advice
New online research has been released to mark the start of Diabetes Week 2018 (11-17 June 2018) has revealed that one in three people would seek advice online before talking to a GP about a health concern. A poll of 2000 people commissioned by Diabetes UK demonstrates that one third of people favour searching the internet to talking to their GP about their diabetes. Although three- quarters (75 per cent) said they would be comfortable discussing relatives and friends medical conditions, only 65 per cent or those surveyed with diabetes would be comfortable discussing their own health (via Diabetes UK).
In response to their findings, Diabetes UK have produced some top tips for people living with diabetes to talk to health professionals:
· Diabetes is complicated and different for everyone. There’s no such thing as a silly question. So don’t be afraid to ask about whatever’s on your mind.
· It’ll help if you go to your appointment with some questions in mind. You could write them down or send them to your healthcare team beforehand.
· This time is for you, so let your healthcare team know what you’d like to talk about from the start.
· Sometimes you’ll have more to talk about, and you might need more time. If you can, book a double appointment so you don’t have to rush.
· There might be things you feel uncomfortable talking about. But your healthcare team is there to help, so be honest and make the most of their medical expertise.