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Public chooses ‘homespun’ advice over medical research

More people are prepared to take medical advice from friends and family, instead of findings from medical science, the Academy of Medical Sciences has said.

One-third of respondents to a survey said that they trusted evidence derived from medical research. This was in contrast to the two-thirds who said that they would rather trust the experience of friends and family, above medical science.  

The findings, which are based on a survey of 2,041 British adults, are contained in the academy’s report, Enhancing the Use of Scientific Evidence to Judge the Potential Benefits and Harms of Medicines, published on 20 June.

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