U.S. adults that trust their doctor in prescribing appropriate drugs

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in February 2017. U.S. adults were asked which of the statements regarding their doctor's ability to prescribe and explain drugs correctly applied to them. In total, 18 percent of the participants took drugs prescribed to them without hesitation, while 33 percent do additional research on the drug they have been prescribed.

Statements regarding trustworthiness among U.S. adults after receiving a prescribed drug as of 2017

Percentage of respondents
I ask my doctor to inform me thoroughly about the drug and possible adverse effects 40%
I do additional research on the drug before taking it 33%
I ask for alternatives to this drug 16%
I read the package insert of the drug carefully 48%
I make sure I understand when and how to take the drug 62%
I take the drug without hesitation 18%
I trust that my doctor prescribes me a given drug because it is the best possible product for me 53%
I trust that my doctor does not prescribe me a drug that is more expensive than would be necessary 31%
none of the above 5%
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Release date

February 2017


United States

Survey time period

February 6 to 8, 2017

Number of respondents

1,029 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which of these statements apply to you when receiving a prescription?"

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