June 20, 2018

Aetna study: Women have greater yearning for mental, physical wellbeing

PHOTO | Aetna
PHOTO | Aetna

A health study commissioned by Aetna found a majority of adults say they would spend additional time on mental and physical wellbeing activities, if given an extra hour each day.

That includes 67 percent of women who responded to Aetna's survey, and 44 percent of men.

Aetna's inaugural Health Ambitions Study, conducted by market research firm Market Measurement, surveyed 400 physicians and 1,000 adults to evaluate consumers' health goals and their relationships with healthcare providers.

According to the results, almost half of women say they have a stress reduction goal, while 28 percent of men reported similar goals.

But women are less likely to trust their doctors' advice. More than 60 percent of men say they're likely to trust their doctors' recommendations, compared with half of women. Meantime, 70 percent of women said their doctors are aware of their lifestyle habits, compared with 81 percent of men.

Since women are often a primary caregiver for their family, Aetna said they need additional support to improve their confidence in health recommendations.

"We recognize the value of highly-personalized, local, consumer-centric care, and we believe we are in a unique position to help transform the health system to better meet the needs of all consumers," Aetna President Karen Lynch said.

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