Survey raises question: Which researchers do people trust with their health data?

The appetite for health data grows and along with it conversations on people’s comfort level with making that information available. Young people tend to have a pretty passive attitude towards their health data being shared compared with older folks. But for those willing to share it, who are they most likely to trust with it? […]

The appetite for health data grows and along with it conversations on people’s comfort level with making that information available. Young people tend to have a pretty passive attitude towards their health data being shared compared with older folks. But for those willing to share it, who are they most likely to trust with it? A new poll by Truven Analytics and NPR illustrated the pecking order of researchers depending on the demographic.

Of the 3,000 folks surveyed as part of the Health Poll, a little more than half (53 percent) said they would be willing to share their health information anonymously. That rate falls by rising age and the increasing amount of education. Retirees and the silent generation accounted for the lowest rates (43 percent).

Goals like assessing costs for treating diseases, identifying safety issues, understanding overuse and understanding gaps all resonated with respondents and each got more than 90 percent support.

So which researchers came out on top? Here’s the breakdown:

Government researchers: 92 percent
Consultants: 89 percent
University professors: 88 percent
Drug/pharma researchers: 87 percent

I am a bit surprised that consultant come ahead of university professors considering another pollMillennials (88.8 percent) trusted pharma researchers the most compared with other age groups. They also trusted university professors above all others (96.2 percent). Baby boomers trust healthcare research consultants (87.6 percent) a little more than government researchers (87.3 percent). Generation X (93.6 percent) and the Silent Generation (85.7 percent) trust government researchers the most.