Most people trust hospitals and doctors

Less trust for traditional healers
  • Deborah Condon

Most people in Ireland trust hospitals, doctors and nurses, however far fewer trust traditional healers, a new international report has found.

The findings are contained in the Wellcome Global Monitor 2018, which is the world's largest study into how people think and feel about science and major health challenges.

As part of this, over 140,000 people in more than 140 countries were surveyed, including 1,000 people in Ireland.

When it came to trust in hospitals and healthcare professionals, 67% said they had a lot of trust in hospitals, however 28% said they had no trust at all. A further 63% said they had a lot of trust in doctors and nurses, 30% said they had some trust, while just 5% said they had no trust at all.

When asked how much they trusted traditional healers, just 6% said a lot, while 32% said they have some trust. Some 56% said they had not much or no trust at all.

Participants were also asked how much they trusted the Government. Just 16% said a lot, while 51% said they had some trust. Some 30% said they had not much or no trust in the Government at all.

The survey also looked specifically at the issue of vaccines. It found that overall, 73% of people think vaccines are very or somewhat safe. This falls to 51% among people aged 50 and older, and 61% among those aged between 15 and 29. It is highest among people aged 30-49 (79%).

Among those with children, 93% said their children had received a vaccine.

When it came to science, 60% of people said they knew a lot or something about science, while 40% knew little or nothing at all. While most people said they learned about science in school, 29% said they learned nothing about it in primary school, while 12% said they learned nothing about it in secondary school.

The vast majority of people had some or a lot of trust in science and most people also thought that the work scientists do benefits them. The vast majority also felt that science and technology will improve life for the next generation.

Each country's data can be viewed here.

 


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