The image of the caregiver has been doped by these months of the epidemic, according to the health barometer 360 Odoxa of July.
The health crisis has highlighted the work of health professionals and changed the way the French carry on their commitment. This is confirmed by the baromètre santé 360 Odoxa of July*. However, caregivers interviewed believe that in recent months, punctuated by the fight against the epidemic, coronaviruses, have not changed much, and the time of applause everyday at 20h to pay homage to them is already quite far. Two-thirds of nurses are thus convinced that the French and their patients are no longer as thankful, that during the confinement. However, according to the barometer, they are wrong: the nurses (93% of good opinions) and doctors (92%) are more popular than ever.
The trust was also strengthened, that of the French towards the general practitioners (92%) and the nursing staff of the hospital (90%) in particular. In contrast, 60% of them do not trust the institutions such as the ministry of Health or the Directorate-general of health (DGS), or to the general action of the government in health (68%). Here, the caregivers are in tune with their patients: 85% of nurses are trusted by doctors and 95% of physicians rely on the nurses. A bond that is woven between peers, but not with the authorities: more than 7 doctors in 10 and 8 nurses out of 10 are “not trusted” rather than to the action of the government in matters of health.
More generally, a majority of French believes that the health crisis has welded the links between patients and caregivers. Optimism that health professionals share less: 40% of physicians and only 27% of nurses think that this is the case. The latter consider moreover to 65% that nothing has changed in terms of the relationships of the caregivers to them.
Beyond these differences of perception, the French (72%), as doctors (80%) and nurses (94%) are convinced that the changes that this crisis has caused in the health sector will not sign up in time… apart from the development of telemedicine.
The French (61%), however, are convinced that this experience will change their long-term health behaviors, such as washing routine hands, or a better global hygiene. Caregivers are less convinced. “Our barometer health 360 the shows, even if some of the care givers (nurses in particular) doubt may be, this health crisis is going to change profoundly our relationship to the health, the daily behavior of patients and the way our health system is organized, writes Gael Sliman, president of Odoxa. This is not a fundamental upheaval, but a real evolution.”
The scientific popular
Other health actors have been put forward in recent months: scientists. The French think they have done well to multiply the interventions of media (78%) and that they were able to simply explain complex things (64%). They wish, therefore, that in the future, scientists are more often invited (60%) on the sets of television in particular. In contrast, 85% of the respondents accuse them of having too much polémiqué between them on some subjects, in particular on the order paper chloroquine. Now, 67% of French people would have confidence in these scientists, if they were facing a new health crisis.
* Survey conducted on a sample of 2010 people representative of the French population and more than 500 caregivers, between 24 June and 3 July 2020.