US adults that trust their doctor in prescribing appropriate drugs, by ethnicity

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in February 2017, by ethnicity. U.S. adults were asked if statements regarding trustworthiness of doctors in prescribing prescriptions appropriately applied to them. In total, 39 percent of Black or African American respondents stated that they ask their doctor to inform them thoroughly about the drug and possible adverse effects, while about 45 percent of Hispanic American or Latino respondents ask the same of their doctor.

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

Black or African AmericanHispanic American or LatinoWhite/ CaucasianOtherWould rather not say
I ask my doctor to inform me thoroughly about the drug and possible adverse effects 39%45%38%56%22%
I do additional research on the drug before taking it 32%45%32%38%22%
I ask for alternatives to this drug 21%21%15%20%6%
I read the package insert of the drug carefully 58%49%47%49%28%
I make sure I understand when and how to take the drug 56%55%64%66%44%
I take the drug without hesitation 8%14%19%18%11%
I trust that my doctor prescribes me a given drug because it is the best possible product for me 44%56%55%44%17%
I trust that my doctor does not prescribe me a drug that is more expensive than would be necessary 32%30%32%31%6%
None of the above3%7%4%5%28%
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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?" (multiple pick)

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