More than 70 percent of doctors polled in a new survey said misinformation has made treating patients with COVID-19 more difficult and ultimately harmed patients’ health.
In a new survey by the de Beaumont Foundation and Morning Consult, 72 percent of US physicians said misinformation made it difficult to treat COVID-19 patients, while the same number said it had negatively impacted treatment outcomes.
More than 80 percent of physicians surveyed said there is a misinformation problem with both COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 treatments. Additionally, 44 percent of doctors said more than half of the information they personally consume about COVID-19 is misinformation.
Physicians surveyed largely agreed on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 90 percent saying the vaccines are safe and effective.
The proliferation of misinformation has plagued COVID-19 vaccines and treatments since they were released to the public, fueling many Americans’ reluctance to vaccinate. Many people have instead turned to untested drugs like ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
The negative effects of misinformation aren’t just impacting the treatment of COVID-19 patients, according to the survey.
Nearly 80 percent of physicians said there is a fairly or very large problem with misinformation about weight loss and supplements.
Also, according to 72 percent of physicians, there is a fairly or very large problem with mental health misinformation. Non-COVID-19 vaccines also have a problem with misinformation, 67 percent of doctors said.
And just under half of the doctors said there was a problem with misinformation about cancer and diabetes.
The survey was conducted December 9-19, 2022 among a sample of 806 U.S. physicians, according to the de Beaumont Foundation and Morning Consult. The survey had an error rate of 3 percentage points.
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