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Increasing health trends

A decade has passed since our first Health of the Nation Study. In that time, it’s been interesting to see a variety of health concerns trending in GPs surgeries.

Ten years ago, it was ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; obesity, stress, depression and alcoholism that were of most concern in terms of patient appointment frequency. Those issues still appear in the top ten conditions, ten years on – but it was concerning to see just how many GPs (84%) identified stress and anxiety issues as being the greatest upward trend in their practices. Over half (55%) told us that other mental health issues were also noteworthy.

  • 20% of the GPs we spoke to said they believed Government-backed, patient education could help reduce instances of the conditions they’re dealing with most often.

In this, the 2013 Health of the Nation Study report, GPs told us that the increase in many cases for conditions could be attributed to the workplace. The economic climate is being seen as having a negative impact on the health of patients in general – and most GPs believe the working environment is responsible for increases in mental health problems, back pain, and obesity.

In addition, although the Olympics may have seen us take more interest in sport, at the moment it looks as though we’re still not making the commitment to get fitter: 64% of GPs told us a lack of exercise was impacting patients’ health.

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Download our 2013 Health of the Nation report now (PDF 3,622KB)

WC01511 07/2013