Although 61% of people would prefer to manage their health at home, almost half of UK consumers lack the relevant training.
61% of people prefer to measure their health at home
A survey of 2,000 consumers by kinetics well-being showed that the majority of people prefer to measure their health at home (61%) rather than in a healthcare facility.
However, when asked about the ideal blood sugar and blood oxygen level, 43% do not know the answer. More worryingly, a third of us (35%) don’t know our ideal body temperature.
1 in 4 people said they had been recommended the use of home medical devices by their GP, a growing phenomenon since the pandemic.
When it comes to how perceptions of home health care have changed in recent years, 76% believe home health monitoring has become more important since the pandemic. 68% are more likely to buy a home care device today than they were a few years ago.
dr Katie Stephens, General Practitioner at Kinetik Wellbeing, added: “Having worked as a GP for the NHS both before and after the pandemic, I can vouch for the reasons why in-person appointments are now taking so much more time and for patients must be reserved with conditions that cannot be managed remotely. The good news is that getting people to take charge of their home health monitoring can actually be a good thing and doesn’t necessarily require medical expertise. By empowering people to actively monitor things like oxygen levels (especially during a Covid-19 infection) or blood pressure, we can help identify problems before symptoms appear, leading to better outcomes for the patient leads to individuals and potentially reduces the burden on the NHS at the same time.”
Lack of information and education
82% also admit they benefit from having access to more information about their readings. Currently, the top ways users understand their results are through user guides (65%), Google (44%), YouTube and other videos (33%), and social media (6%). To combat misinformation and ensure everyone knows their numbers, Kinetik Wellbeing is building a content and resource hub to allow users to understand their levels and what the results mean.
James Grover, Director at Kinetik Wellbeing, commented: “It’s great to see people genuinely care about their health own health instead of relying on public health services. However, if the numbers aren’t meaningful, how can they do anything about their findings? That’s why we’ve partnered with leading medical professionals to provide training and content to help people understand their readings. This will help close the knowledge gap in the UK and empower people to self-monitor their health.”
When asked why they would now be more likely to buy a home care device, the most common responses were the pandemic (59%) and existing health issues (22%). “The pandemic has undoubtedly made more people aware of the importance of monitoring their health at home, but knowing your numbers is important for everyone, whether you have an existing medical condition or are feeling fit and healthy.” , concluded Grover.
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