Study: demand for prevention programmes is on the rise


2021 10 15


The Lithuanian population increasingly recognises the importance of disease prevention programmes financed by the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund and is quite actively interested in them themselves. In seven years, the number of people who do not want to be tested under these programmes has fallen by almost two and a half times.

The latest survey on the awareness and involvement in disease prevention programmes of the Lithuanian population, commissioned by the National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF) and carried out by the market and public opinion research company “Spinter tyrimai”, shows that as many as 8 out of 10 Lithuanian citizens (or 83%) have heard of prevention programmes financed by health insurance funds, and that half of the respondents have taken part in at least one of them.

The proportion of people who refuse to participate in prevention programmes has fallen significantly over 7 years. For example, the number of people refusing to be screened under early cancer prevention programmes has fallen by 2.5 times - from 25% in 2013 to 10% this year. The proportion of those who do not want to participate in a cardiovascular disease prevention programme decreased from 24% to 11%.

The most well-known are cervical and breast cancer prevention programmes (65% of respondents are aware of them). 60% of respondents said they had heard of the cardiovascular programme, 59% of respondents said they had heard of the prostate cancer prevention programme and 58% of respondents said they had heard of the colorectal cancer prevention programme.

According to the respondents, the main source of information on disease prevention programmes is the family doctor or other health professional in the clinic or family centre (67%). 54% said they heard about the programmes from the media, 46% from friends and family members. 78% admitted that they knew where to go to get services from prevention programmes.

The survey showed that people are not only aware of the programmes, but also willing to participate in them. 29% of respondents have participated in a cervical cancer prevention programme, 18% in a cardiovascular cancer prevention programme, 14% in a breast cancer prevention programme, 11% in a colorectal cancer prevention programme and 10% in a prostate cancer prevention programme. 76% of those who received an invitation to be screened under one of the prevention programmes took up the invitation. 60% of those who were screened were completely satisfied with the quality of the services provided, while 37% were more satisfied.

The survey found that 81% of respondents would like to participate in a cardiovascular programme, while 79% would like to participate in programmes for early diagnosis of cancer (cervical, breast, colorectal or prostate). The most common reasons why people would not agree to be tested under these programmes are lack of need, feeling healthy, and having no problems. Interestingly, almost half (45%) of the participants in the study felt positive about their health, and the vast majority (96%) of respondents said they felt responsible for their health.

The majority (76%) of people in the country would like to be informed about disease prevention programmes when they go to the doctor. 40% would like to be informed by phone, 33% by email and 26% by SMS. The full study, commissioned by the NHIF in July, can be found here.

You can find out more about the prevention programmes and how to participate in them on the Health Insurance Fund’s website (more here). 

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