Research: people increasingly acknowledge the importance of prevention programmes each year

Lithuanian citizens increasingly acknowledge the importance of disease prevention programmes financed by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) and are more and more actively participating in them, according to the latest study carried out by The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) under the Ministry of Health. 

The research on the awareness and confidence of the population in the Compulsory Health Insurance System and NHIF and their involvement in disease prevention programmes, conducted by the market and public opinion research company “Spinter Research” showed that as many as 8 out of 10 Lithuanians have heard of prevention programmes financed by the Health Insurance Funds, and 6 out of 10 have participated in one of them. 

The cervical cancer prevention programme is the best known, with 74% of respondents confirming it. The breast cancer prevention programme is also well known, with 71% of respondents having heard of it. 69% of respondents said they knew about the cardiovascular disease prevention programme, 65% about the colorectal cancer prevention programme, and 62% about the prostate cancer prevention programme. Awareness of all prevention programmes increased compared to the previous year. 

As many as 2 out of 3, or 68%, of respondents found out about disease prevention programmes from their family doctor or other health professional. 43% from the media, 21% from social networks and 19% from family, friends or neighbours.

The survey showed that people are not only aware of disease prevention programmes, but also participate in them. Participation is also higher than in previous years. One third (34%) of respondents have participated in a cervical cancer prevention programme. 27% of respondents took part in cardiovascular programmes and 19% in breast and colorectal cancer programmes.

Another 12% took part in a prostate prevention programme. However, 32% of the population has not participated in any of these programmes. 

The majority (88%) of the population would agree to take part in a prevention programme if their family doctor invited them to do so. However, as many as 1 in 3 respondents would refuse an offer from their family doctor because they thought it would be difficult to get to the doctor. Interestingly, 22% would not take part in a prevention programme because they believe they are healthy, a fifth (20%) say they would not take part because they are worried about bad outcomes, and a further 11% say they do not have the time. 

The majority (70%) of respondents would like to receive more information about disease prevention programmes and an invitation to get tested from their family doctor. 15% would prefer to receive information via the “E.sveikata” portal. 

The full research carried out by NHIF can be found here

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