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Managing Your Health - US - January 2016

Published By :

Mintel

Published Date : Jan 2016

Category :

Lifestyle

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Several factors are impacting healthcare, including an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians, resulting in an increased focus on managing one

Table of Content

Overview

What you need to know
Definition

Executive Summary

The issues
Obesity continues to be a concern
Figure 1: Self-perception of body weight, by calculated BMI, October 2015
Aging US population will put significant demand on healthcare resources
Figure 2: US population, by age, 2010-20
Shortage of doctors could increase demand for other medical professionals
Figure 3: Projecting the supply and demand for US primary care practitioners, 2010-20
The opportunities
Most adults have health insurance; insurers can help guide health management
Figure 4: Health insurance coverage status, 2013-14
Aging in place provides seniors comfortable care; a growth opportunity for healthcare
Telemedicine is growing and its potential is strong, especially for parents
Figure 5: Any use or interest in virtual health coach, by number of children in household, October 2015
What it means

The Market - What You Need to Know

The US population is changing
More US adults have health insurance, yet there’s a shortage of doctors
Obesity and stress are concerning health issues

Market Factors – Demographic

The aging population will require increased senior healthcare
Figure 6: US population, by age, 2010-20
The US is becoming more diversified
Figure 7: Percent of total US population and growth, by race and Hispanic origin, 2010-20
Urban population increasing, rural decreasing, impacting health choices
Figure 8: Important factors to personal wellness, rank 1st-3rd, by area, October 2015
More women are delaying childbirth; can lead to increased health risks
Figure 9: Annual births, by age of mother, 2009 and 2014*

Market Factors – Other

More people have health insurance
Figure 10: Health insurance coverage status, 2013-14
Affordable Care Act impacting how consumers gain health insurance
Projected shortage of doctors puts a strain on quality of care
Figure 11: Projecting the supply and demand for US primary care practitioners, 2010-20
Surviving cancer doesn’t end the need for care
Obesity rates continue to be of concern
Figure 12: Self-perception of body weight, by calculated BMI, October 2015
Stress is a concern and so are the health effects

Key Players – What You Need to Know

Telehealth and campaigns promoting healthy lifestyles are working
Costs, lack of transparency, and security concern consumers
Up next – Aging in place, rewarding health, and utilizing pharmacists

What’s Working?

Telemedicine continuing to grow
AARP’s youthful and active partnership with Bob Harper
Health is Primary campaign collaborates with CVS Health

What’s Struggling?

Rising costs of prescription medication
Theranos blood testing questioned; partnership with Walgreens on hold
Security concerns over health information

What’s Next?

Aging in place products and services
Rewarding healthy behaviors
Pharmacists underused yet gaining more authorization to prescribe

The Consumer – What You Need to Know

Physical wellbeing is most important to adults
Primary care physicians are top source for health information
A small majority are able to access their health records online
Body weight satisfaction is directly tied to certain characteristics
Attitudes toward managing health are strong
Technology has a notable place in helping adults manage their health

Important Factors to Personal Wellness

Physical wellness is most important to adults
Figure 13: Important factors to personal wellness, ranked first, October 2015
Figure 14: Importance of physical wellness, ranked first, by age, area, and BMI (calculation), October 2015
Half of adults rank mental health in the top two
Figure 15: Importance of mental wellness, Ranked 1st/2nd, by generation, race, age/income, body weight self-rating, October 2015
Nutritional health rounds out the top three
Figure 16: Importance of nutritional, intellectual, social and occupational wellness, ranked 1st/2nd, by gender and age, October 2015

Sources of Information

Adults who experience unexpected illness turn to primary physician
Figure 17: Unexpected health illness healthcare sources, October 2015
Chronic sufferers turn to primary physician or a specialist for care
Figure 18: Chronic health illness healthcare sources, October 2015
Adults seek various mental and nutritional healthcare sources
Figure 19: Mental and nutritional healthcare sources, October 2015

Managing Health Records

One third of adults able to access their personal health records online
Figure 20: Accessing and importance of managing personal health record, by generations, October 2015
Married parents and Millennials independently managing PHR
Figure 21: Maintain own record online (not affiliated with medical provider), by generations, household income, marital status by presence of children, October 2015
Parents and Hispanics see the benefits of tracking fitness and weight
Figure 22: Important to track weight, fitness, nutrition in personal health record, by Hispanic origin, race, marital status by presence of children, by October 2015

Satisfaction and Assessment of Body Weight

Satisfaction with body weight is tied to BMI
Figure 23: Satisfaction with body weight, by BMI calculation, October 2015
Age and gender influences satisfaction
Figure 24: Satisfaction with body weight, by age and gender, October 2015
Household income influences satisfaction with weight
Figure 25: Satisfaction with body weight, by household income, October 2015
Black adults express least satisfaction with body weight
Figure 26: Satisfaction with body weight, by race and Hispanic origin, October 2015

Attitudes toward Health Management

Adults agree increased body weight can negatively impact health
Figure 27: Attitudes toward weight and health, agree, by generations, Hispanic origin, race, and BMI calculation, October 2015
Health diagnosis is best from a doctor
Figure 28: Attitudes toward diagnosis and health information on social media, agree, by generations, Hispanic origin, race, and parental status, October 2015
Drug costs are concerning, yet many agree on importance for treatment
Figure 29: Attitudes toward high cost of drugs and treatment, agree, October 2015

Managing Health with Technology

Managing health with technology is appealing to larger families
Figure 30: Any usage or interest in technology to manage health, by number of children in household, October 2015
Wearables have strong interest, but low usage
Figure 31: Any usage or interest in wearable technology, by gender/income and area, October 2015
Mobile apps to manage health are appealing
Figure 32: Any usage or interest in mobile app to manage health, by age and income, October 2015

Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

Data sources
Consumer survey data
Abbreviations and terms
Abbreviations
Terms

Appendix – Market

Figure 33: Health insurance coverage status and type of coverage, 2013-14

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