Young people are turning to Google for information about an illness rather than ask their doctor, a new survey shows.
Some 49pc of people aged 15 to 34 said their first port of call when looking for information on a medical condition is to look it up online.
Young people were also least likely to ask a doctor, nurse or pharmacist to explain things they do not understand.
Embarrassment ranked high as one of the factors discouraging people in this age group from asking for more details.
The study, conducted on behalf of healthcare company MSD and the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), also demonstrated a need for GPs to drop medical jargon when dealing with patients.
Two in five people called for doctors and pharmacists to speak in plainer terms when discussing a diagnosis and medication needs.
Around a fifth of respondents called for a more informal conversational tone in communications between healthcare professionals and patients.
Meanwhile, 18pc of those questioned cited a need for GPs and pharmacists to take more time to explain things.
A lack of understanding can have serious implications when people leave the pharmacy or surgery, according to researchers, with 17pc of people saying they had taken the wrong dose of medication at least once.
“One in three people today are living with a chronic condition that requires self-management with the support of a healthcare professional,” junior minister Kathleen Lynch said.
To encourage professionals to eliminate jargon, the Crystal Clear Pharmacy mark has been rolled out to encourage taking into account a patient’s numeracy and literacy skills when discussing medical care.
In my old life, I would wake up in Kilmainham with my girlfriend Aoibhinn. She's a paediatrician in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. I'd cycle into work and then I'd have my breakfast there. I was an analyst in Google. I'd create presentations and insights into marketing trends for our customers. It's an interesting job and I really enjoyed it. I worked there for four years but last December, on New Year's Eve, I quit.
It was when I said casually to my wife that I needed to get one of those pill dispensers into which you put your daily medication that I realised it had all gone too far. I was even thinking I should get one of the ones with a built-in alarm, so you don't forget to take your tablets. Because as anyone will tell you, if you let the pain in, you're screwed. Not only was this broken arm turning me into an elderly person, it was turning me into an elderly American. Early-bird dinners, meticulous bill-splitting and moving to an assisted living facility in Florida where I would have an innocent flirtation with a nice Jewish widow from Newark was all beckoning.
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