Doctors most trusted source on medicine: survey

The poll of 1000 adults taking prescription medicine daily found doctors were the most popular source for information about a medicine and the condition it treated (82%), compared to the internet (62%) and pharmacists (59%).

The Those Who Matter Most survey also found that doctors were regarded as the most trustworthy source of information (66%) – well ahead of pharmacists (18%) and the internet (9%).

Conducted by Galaxy Research for public relations firm Ethical Strategies and online publisher PharmaDispatch, it also found that 95% of the patients were confident their condition was being managed effectively.

Patients also had a high level of confidence in the medication prescribed for them, with 96% confident of its appropriateness for their condition.

Despite costing almost $10 billion a year, 86% of patients considered the PBS a good use of government money.

Those with a pension/concession card as well as those taking