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August 2015: Mammography


We asked 3,000 women about their use of mammography – about a third had one in the prior 12 months, and more than half believe that mammograms should be obtained annually.
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Aug 2015: Mammography
This survey asked women about their use of mammography and about their knowledge of the ACA (“Obamacare”) requirement that insurers offer mammograms at no charge to the individual. More than a third (38 percent) of respondents had had a mammogram in the previous 12 months, and more than half (57 percent) believe mammograms should be obtained annually.
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May 2015: Vaccinations
More than a third of adults with children support exemptions from vaccinations for personal or religious reasons, while just over a quarter of those without children support exemptions. Nevertheless, 91 percent of respondents agree that all children attending public schools should be vaccinated. But, only 83 percent of those with children and 89 percent of those without children agreed that all children should receive vaccinations regardless of the type of school they attend.
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January 2015: Data Privacy Part 2
Do consumers have much concern about sharing their healthcare data with researchers? Overall, more than half (53%) say they are willing to share their de-identified data with researchers, but this rate varies with age. Millennials are most likely (61%) while members of the Silent Generation are least likely (43%) to be willing to share their data.
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November 2014: Data Privacy
Three in four Americans say their physician uses an electronic medical record system, and 68 percent say they're willing to share their health information with researchers. However, less than a quarter are willing to share their purchase history or social media activity, even if it could improve their overall health.
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October 2014: Ebola Outbreak
Barely half of Americans (51 percent) believe our healthcare system is properly trained or equipped to deal with Ebola in the U.S., and more than half are either somewhat concerned or very concerned that the Ebola virus will spread throughout the United States.
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June 2014: Narcotic Painkillers
Addiction and Side Effects are Americans' Chief Concerns With Narcotic Painkillers 36 percent of Americans surveyed cite fear of addiction as a concern regarding narcotic painkillers, and 30 percent cite side effects. 78 percent of all respondents believe that addiction is linked to the use of narcotic painkillers with the Silent Generation least likely (68 percent) to agree.
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April 2014: Legalizing Marijuana
78 percent of Americans surveyed agree that marijuana should be legal for medical use. While there is some variation across age groups, a majority (60 percent) favors legalization.
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January 2014: Sports-Related Concussions
The latest NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport.
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July 2013: Morning After Pill
Many Americans support age minimums and parental consent for Morning-After Pill use. 35% of respondents believe women should be at least 18 to get this pill without a prescription.
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May 2013: Gun Control
This poll found that 61 percent of respondents support stricter gun laws, and 34 percent are in favor of physicians asking if there is a gun in the home.
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February 2013: Sustainable Fishing
This poll found that 47 percent of respondents believe it is important that fish or seafood they purchase is sustainably caught.
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December 2012: Physician Assisted Suicide
This survey asked respondents their opinions about physician assisted suicide, and compared the results to answers to identical questions from a year prior.
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October 2012: Retail Health Clinics
This survey asked respondents their opinions about retail health clinics.
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August 2012: Healthcare Screening Procedures
This survey asked respondents their opinions about healthcare screening procedures.
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July 2012: Statins
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about statins.
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April 2012: Price Transparency for Healthcare
This survey asked respondents their opinions about price transparency for healthcare.
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March 2012: Organ Donation Compensation
This survey asked respondents their opinions about organ donation compensation to living donors for organs for transplant.
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March 2012: Meat Consumption
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about meat consumption.
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December 2011: Flight Safety
This survey asked respondents their opinions about health risks associated with air travel.
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December 2011: New Year's Resolutions
This survey asked respondents their opinions about new year's resolutions that they have made, with a focus on smoking and weight loss.
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November 2011: Pain Killers
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about narcotic pain killers.
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October 2011: Paying for Unhealthy Behaviors
This survey asked respondents their opinions about behaviors that impact the use and cost of healthcare.
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September 2011: Vaccines
This survey asked respondents their opinions about the value and safety of vaccines.
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August 2011: Food Safety
This survey asked respondents their opinions about the safety of the country’s food supply.
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March 2011: Food Allergies
This survey asked respondents their opinions about food allergies.
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August 2015: Mammography
This survey asked women about their use of mammography and about their knowledge of the ACA (“Obamacare”) requirement that insurers offer mammograms at no charge to the individual. More than a third (38 percent) of respondents had had a mammogram in the previous 12 months, and more than half (57 percent) believe mammograms should be obtained annually.
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May 2015: Vaccinations
More than a third of adults with children support exemptions from vaccinations for personal or religious reasons, while just over a quarter of those without children support exemptions. Nevertheless, 91 percent of respondents agree that all children attending public schools should be vaccinated. But, only 83 percent of those with children and 89 percent of those without children agreed that all children should receive vaccinations regardless of the type of school they attend.
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January 2015
Do consumers have much concern about sharing their healthcare data with researchers? Overall, more than half (53%) say they are willing to share their de-identified data with researchers, but this rate varies with age. Millennials are most likely (61%) while members of the Silent Generation are least likely (43%) to be willing to share their data.
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November 2014
Three in four Americans say their physician uses an electronic medical record system, and 68 percent say they're willing to share their health information with researchers. However, less than a quarter are willing to share their purchase history or social media activity, even if it could improve their overall health.
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October 2014
Barely half of Americans (51 percent) believe our healthcare system is properly trained or equipped to deal with Ebola in the U.S., and more than half are either somewhat concerned or very concerned that the Ebola virus will spread throughout the United States.
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June 2014
Addiction and Side Effects are Americans' Chief Concerns With Narcotic Painkillers 36 percent of Americans surveyed cite fear of addiction as a concern regarding narcotic painkillers, and 30 percent cite side effects. 78 percent of all respondents believe that addiction is linked to the use of narcotic painkillers with the Silent Generation least likely (68 percent) to agree.
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April 2014
78 percent of Americans surveyed agree that marijuana should be legal for medical use. While there is some variation across age groups, a majority (60 percent) favors legalization.
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January 2014
The latest NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport.
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July 2013
Many Americans support age minimums and parental consent for Morning-After Pill use. 35% of respondents believe women should be at least 18 to get this pill without a prescription.
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May 2013
This poll found that 61 percent of respondents support stricter gun laws, and 34 percent are in favor of physicians asking if there is a gun in the home.
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February 2013
This poll found that 47 percent of respondents believe it is important that fish or seafood they purchase is sustainably caught.
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December 2012: Physician Assisted Suicide
This survey asked respondents their opinions about physician assisted suicide, and compared the results to answers to identical questions from a year prior.
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October 2012: Retail Health Clinics
This survey asked respondents their opinions about retail health clinics.
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August 2012: Healthcare Screening Procedures
This survey asked respondents their opinions about healthcare screening procedures.
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July 2012: Statins
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about statins.
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April 2012: Price Transparency for Healthcare
This survey asked respondents their opinions about price transparency for healthcare.
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March 2012: Organ Donation Compensation
This survey asked respondents their opinions about organ donation compensation to living donors for organs for transplant.
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March 2012: Meat Consumption
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about meat consumption.
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December 2011: Flight Safety
This survey asked respondents their opinions about health risks associated with air travel.
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December 2011: New Year's Resolutions
This survey asked respondents their opinions about new year's resolutions that they have made, with a focus on smoking and weight loss.
Read More


November 2011: Pain Killers
This survey asked respondents their opinions and concerns about narcotic pain killers.
Read More


October 2011: Paying for Unhealthy Behaviors
This survey asked respondents their opinions about behaviors that impact the use and cost of healthcare.
Read More


September 2011: Vaccines
This survey asked respondents their opinions about the value and safety of vaccines.
Read More


August 2011: Food Safety
This survey asked respondents their opinions about the safety of the country’s food supply.
Read More


March 2011: Food Allergies
This survey asked respondents their opinions about food allergies.
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Working Together Since Early 2010 to Survey Americans About Healthcare Issues

Each month, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll surveys 3,000 Americans to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of healthcare issues. Poll results are reported by NPR's Scott Hensley on the health blog, 'Shots,' and on air.

"The polls let us delve into consumer attitudes about everything from flu vaccines to taxes on sugary drinks," said Hensley, NPR health correspondent and blogger. "The results provide a powerful and timely way to understand and explain how people view pressing health issues."

Complete survey results are posted on this page and NPR's reports on the findings are archived here.

The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven Health Analytics PULSE(TM) Healthcare Survey, an independently funded, nationally representative telephone poll, which collects information about health behavior, attitudes and utilization from more than 100,000 US households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with NPR.