What are SERMO polls?
Every Monday, SERMO posts a poll with a fresh, topical question. Each poll can receive up to 3,000 votes. Polls are open to all members of the community. We ask anything from when was your last physical to how do you feel about maintenance of certification courses. Our polls are one of the most popular areas of our site, they spark plenty of healthy debate and enable doctors to have a voice on important issues.
SERMO Polls are intended to be unscientific discussion starters to capture and report on the sentiment of thousands of physicians each week, on hot topics of the day.
SERMO Polls are written by the SERMO Community Team and by members, posted online within the closed SERMO community. Each member can vote a maximum of one time and polls are promoted both within the community and by email to community members. Only members of the SERMO community of verified physicians may vote. Members can see the results of the polls as votes are cast and final results are often posted in the SERMO blog, which is a way for physicians’ aggregated opinions to be heard by the general public about the medical issues of the day.
SERMO members must go through a three-stage, highly secure and accurate verification process. The data has not been weighted to reflect the respective demographic compositions of international physician demographics that responded. Because the sample is based on those who initially self-select for participation rather than being targeted from a probability sample, no estimates of sampling error can be calculated. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to multiple sources of error, including, but not limited to sampling error, coverage error, and measurement error.
How scientific are SERMO Polls?
SERMO RealTime and Custom Surveys are the more scientific of the three poll types offered by SERMO because they leverage the SERMO member base as a source of respondents, randomly sample within it for respondents and have effective mechanisms in place to garner strong, controlled participation. However, SERMOsays sentiment polls have many outstanding features and should not be discounted as unscientific; their self-selected sample is mitigated by their broad promotion, high participation levels and controls to prevent multiple participation. The key characteristics of each poll or survey type are listed below, along with what we believe to be the required standard, so users can assess for themselves which best meets their particular needs.
|Source of respondents
||As close to a complete universe list as practical and without any source of known bias
||Respondents come from the SERMO membership. The size of the SERMO membership relative to the universe of physicians provides considerably higher coverage than typical online consumer research panels. In addition, and unlike consumer panels where demographic biases are common, the profile of SERMO US physician members closely mirrors that of the all US physicians.
SERMO membership is validated, free, and voluntary
|Selection of respondents
||Designed to maximize participation and minimize non-response bias
|| On site, but members often invited to participate via email newsletters
||Single email invitation sufficient to deliver high participation rates
||Multiple email invitations over several days leading to high participation rates
||Modest cash incentive in line with industry practice and commensurate with survey length
|| Prevent multiple responses from single person and other sources of potential bias/fraud
||Member can only vote once and are then shown the aggregate survey results to date
||Members click unique link in email and can take survey only once. No survey results shared with participants after the survey
||No questions or surveys designed to elicit a predetermined response
||Surveys designed to gauge the honest views of SERMO members and the wider universe of healthcare professionals. Full survey questions are always available upon request
||We publish sample size and process with every poll published
||Always guaranteed by SERMO
|Surveys used for lead generation
||Never allowed on SERMO
||Never allowed on SERMO
Sermo Poll of the Week
Weekly perspectives from physicians on the latest trends in healthcare.
January 29, 2018
Prehistoric diseases from infectious microbes are currently in the ice caps – but as the ice caps melt, some humans have been exposed to long-frozen microbes. Do you think we are prepared for such diseases to re-enter society?
January 22, 2018
Is your bedside manner different when you are speaking with female patients than male patients?
January 15, 2018
Do you think early screening and protocols for sepsis can save patient lives?
January 08, 2018
Are antibiotic resistant diseases that are sexually transmitted more concerning than other antibiotic resistant diseases?
January 01, 2018
Do you have a living will?
December 25, 2017
Is there any condition that might be increasing because of the use of smartphones?
December 18, 2017
Do you think more diseases could be addressed through dietary changes that are currently treated primarily with drugs?
December 11, 2017
Would you ever prescribe Ketone to a patient?
December 04, 2017
Do you have concerns about counterfeit medications in your country?
November 23, 2017
Is hospital food underrated?
November 16, 2017
Are there differences in how men and women experience influenza?
November 09, 2017
Do you feel prepared to address pollution related health questions?
November 02, 2017
Do you think tattoo ink should be regulated by your government?
October 30, 2017
Would you consider prescribing a medical marijuana product to your patients before opioids?
Not yet- I would need more research on medical marijuana 40%
October 23, 2017
Do you think the perception of doctors as wealthy is generally accurate?
October 16, 2017
Are global conflicts preventing us from eradicating certain diseases?
October 09, 2017
Should doctors who publicly recommend scientifically unproven medical procedures/ supplements, etc, have their licenses revoked?
October 02, 2017
Do you feel patients are less trusting of their doctors now than they were 10 years ago?
September 25, 2017
Do you think a preventative mastectomy should be recommended for women who have a BRCA gene mutation and a family history of breast cancer?
Yes, if both a family history and gene mutation are present 64%
Yes, if a gene mutation is present 14%
Yes, if a family history is present 6%
No, a preventative mastectomy should not be recommended 16%
September 18, 2017
Do you think we will experience large-scale hacking of medical hardware devices in the next 5 years?
September 11, 2017
Have you ever traveled outside your region to serve in the wake of an emergency?
September 04, 2017
Have you ever known anyone personally (I.e. Not as a patient) who has:
Taken opioids recreationally but not formed a habit/addiction 10%
Struggled with an opioid addiction 26%
Overdosed on opioids but not died 8%
Died of an overdose 15%
None of the above 41%
August 28, 2017
In light of new research, do you believe that it is necessary to finish antibiotic courses in order to prevent resistance?
August 21, 2017
Should data from implanted medical devices be admissible evidence in court?
August 14, 2017
Do you think expiration dates reflect when the drug is chemically ineffective?
August 07, 2017
Is it ethical to exchange shorter prison sentences if an inmate agrees to sterilize themselves (vasectomy for men, implant for women)?
July 31, 2017
Do you think it should be criminal to not take reasonable steps to help someone in distress?
July 24, 2017
Should doctors be tested for physical and/or mental competency at age 65?
No, unless an issue has occurred 60%
Yes, mental 19%
Yes, physical 1%
Yes, both 13%
July 17, 2017
Have you ever been in a class action lawsuit?
They don’t exist in my country 4%
July 10, 2017
Do you think that some patients’ chronic pain could be better managed by antidepressants than opioids?
July 03, 2017
How long should long-term-ill patients receive free prescriptions?
1 month or under 4%
As long as they are ill 65%
More than 1 year 6%
Up to a year 12%
Should not be free 13%
June 26, 2017
Should all adults undergo a routine annual skin cancer screening?
Only adults with risk factors including history of sunburn, moles, and fair skin 43%
June 19, 2017
What age do you think is appropriate for children to start using social media?
Any age 4%
June 12, 2017
Should long-term antibiotic use continue to be legal for the treatment of “Chronic Lyme” in the US?
June 05, 2017
Do you believe an app that track’s a woman’s menstrual cycle can be as effective as birth control?
May 29, 2017
If you have experienced an EHR outage at your practice or hospital, which of these common issues caused it?
Breach/third party hack 6%
Hardware malfunction 22%
Internet connectivity problems 43%
Power failure 22%
Software malfunction 49%
I have not experienced an EHR outage 12%
May 22, 2017
Do you think more patients should recover with at-home care instead of in the hospital in your nation?
May 15, 2017
Do you think skinny jeans have negative health effects?
Perhaps, but predominantly insignificant/temporary ones 42%
May 08, 2017
Recently a premature sheep was brought to full term within a plastic bag. In regards to using this technology for premature human births, do you find this development mostly…
Scientifically promising 54%
Ethically unsound 10%
Not applicable to humans 13%
May 01, 2017
To combat organ trafficking, some countries have made it compulsory for physicians to report the recipient of an organ purchased abroad if follow-up care is requested. Do you think your country should adopt the same law?
Yes, I want my country to adopt this law 78%
No, I do not want my country to adopt this law 14%
My country has adopted this and I support it 4%
My country has adopted this and I do not support it 4%
April 24, 2017
Would you feel comfortable performing or assisting with an execution of a death row inmate?
26% yes, 74% no
April 17, 2017
Considering the rates and effects of fetal alcohol syndrome, is it ethical to ban women from consuming alcohol during pregnancy?
Yes, but only if they’ve already had a child with fetal alcohol syndrome 9%
April 10, 2017
Should vitamins and supplements require FDA approval before hitting the market?
April 03, 2017
Do you think hepatitis B or C could be wiped out by 2030?
No, neither 52%
Yes, both 28%
Yes, Hepatitis B 9%
Yes, Hepatitis C 11%
March 27, 2017
In your opinion, which kind of healthcare system would benefit patients in your country the most?
March 20, 2017
Abstinence-only education: For or Against?
March 13, 2017
Do you support a physician of your primary speciality who refuses to proceed with certain treatments in patients who refuse to stop using tobacco products?
March 06, 2017
Has an EMR/EHR outage or malfunction ever jeopardized the health/safety of a patient?
February 27, 2017
Have you ever gotten food poisoning?
February 20, 2017
True or False: I wouldn't have made it through medical school without coffee.
February 13, 2017
How much time do you (and your staff) currently spend on prior authorizations?
0-2 hours 28%
3-5 hours 32%
6-10 hours 24%
11-15 hours 8%
16 or more hours 9%
February 06, 2017
Which of these do you think actually work to prevent illness?
Hand Sanitizer 60%
None of the above 27%
January 30, 2017
Do you support automatic enrollment of all adults into the register of potential organ donors?
January 23, 2017
Assuming a patient is responsible about "upkeep/maintenance" over time, do you think breast implants are safe?
No breast implants are safe 52%
Both silicone gel implants and saline implants are safe 30%
Only saline implants are safe 12%
Only silicone implants are safe 6%
January 16, 2017
How well has your country done in implementing telehealth?
Very well 4%
Very poor 11%
January 09, 2017
Do you think US President-elect Trump’s personal use of social media should be curtailed when he is sworn in?
January 02, 2017
When considering choices of medication(s) for pregnant or lactating women, what is the primary resource you use?
Medical online resources/apps 51%
Consult with a peer 13%
Resource books 13%
I would like more information on how to choose the best medications for pregnant or lactating women 11%
Nothing, I just tell women that there are very few times that mothers should stop breastfeeding 4%
December 26, 2016
How many hours do you sleep per day?
Over 8 hours 4%
7-8 hours 47%
5-6 hours 45%
Under 5 hours 4%
December 19, 2016
Do you feel comfortable recommending that a patient lose weight?
December 12, 2016
Should the inability to reproduce due to lack of a procreative partner be considered a disability?
December 05, 2016
Do you support mandatory flu shots for medical personnel?
November 28, 2016
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is considered to be a “game-changer” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Do you think it should be funded by the Government?
November 21, 2016
Would you rather your child become a doctor, nurse or pharmacist?
November 14, 2016
What is the biggest challenge in the fight against Type 1 Diabetes?
Identifying a cure 38%
Insulin management device development 32%
Insulin mismanagement 13%
Alternative treatment options 17%
November 07, 2016
The best approaches to get physicians to engage and be compliant with antimicrobial stewardship are:
Hardwiring the EHR/EMR with prescriber guidance. 24%
Eliminate or change Press Ganey / customer satisfaction surveys. 23%
Empower the public with the same prescriber guidance we give the providers. 20%
Direct oversight of all prescriptions by ID and pharmacy with full order override if non-compliant. 15%
CMS-led public reporting of prescriber behavior. 7%
Legislation calling for monetary penalties to physicians for poor compliance. 5%
Public reporting via websites like Yelp for bad physician prescribing behavior (i.e. consumer-led). 4%
Authorization to fire physicians by law if they fail to comply with stewardship. 2%
October 31, 2016
Which of these diseases are you personally most afraid of developing or contracting?
heart disease 5%
multiple sclerosis 5%
antibiotic resistant infection 4%
October 24, 2016
Do you participate in health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act?
October 17, 2016
…receive their flu shot at a doctor’s office 35%
…receive their flu shot from a retail pharmacy 4%
No preference, as long as they get a flu shot 55%
I don’t think they need a flu shot 6%
October 10, 2016
Do you check your smartphone once you're in bed?
October 03, 2016
Zika was dominating news for a long time, especially leading up to the Olympics. Now, less so. Has the threat mostly passed?
September 26, 2016
Routine screening mammography for average risk women should be done…
Annually from age 40 and continue indefinitely 59%
Biannually from age 50 to 74 41%
September 19, 2016
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one of the most attention-grabbing health awareness months. Do you think awareness campaigns are helpful?
Yes, my patients ask more questions about the topic of awareness 50%
Yes, I see an increase in office visits 16%
No, awareness months and days do not affect my patients 34%
September 12, 2016
Do you agree with the National Health Service’s policy to ban patients whose BMI is 30 or more from routine surgery for non-life-threatening conditions for a year?
September 05, 2016
If some form of mass casualty event happened in your area, do you think your regional health system is well-prepared to deal with the emergency and care for the wounded?
August 29, 2016
Which is a bigger problem for doctors practicing medicine in the U.S.– major insurance company mergers, or hospital/health system mergers?
Insurance mergers 40%
Hospital/health system mergers 40%
Neither directly effects my practice 20%
August 22, 2016
Do you think that energy drinks pose health dangers?
Yes, they are more risky than their marketing reveals 61%
Yes, though risks are negligible for those without compounding conditions 29%
No, not more than other caffeinated beverages like coffee 10%
August 15, 2016
Do you work in both the public and private sectors?
August 08, 2016
What is your opinion on the Cancer Moonshot, led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden?
It's unlikely that the initiative will deliver on its promises 67%
It's an important initiative that will improve our ability to prevent treat and detect cancer 33%
August 01, 2016
Do your millennial patients ask about the out-of-pocket costs of treatments and seek out lower-cost alternatives more than other demographics?
July 26, 2016
Do you support making naloxone (brand name Narcan) available without a prescription?
No, no drug should be available without a specific prescription 19%
No, naloxone in particular should not be available without prescription 42%
July 14, 2016
Should any of these consumables be subject to a higher tax?
Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other smokeables (where legal) 33%
Sugary foods and/or soda 17%
Fatty foods and/or beverages 10%
Super-sized portions 10%
None of the above 7%
July 07, 2016
Should parents whose children die of a preventable condition due to a personal refusal to use western medicine be charged with manslaughter?
No, parents have the right to choose how they want to treat their children 35%
June 30, 2016
In the case of elderly patients, do you believe it is a doctor's responsibility to disagree with a caregiver and willingly come between him/her and the patient?
June 23, 2016
Do you believe that pain should be considered a vital sign?
June 16, 2016
Do you believe that the Rio Olympic Games should be cancelled, postponed or transferred because of the Zika virus?
June 09, 2016
When patients share a diagnosis they found online for their symptoms, how often is it accurate?
June 02, 2016
The rapid emergence of resistant bacteria has been attributed to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Which of the following do you think is the biggest driver of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions?
A general pressure from the patient to 'do something' 62%
Lack of clarity in guidelines and recommended treatment courses 14%
Patient satisfaction/ admin issued surveys 12%
Fear of malpractice lawsuits 12%
May 26, 2016
Have you been threatened for not complying with MOC?
No, but I fear I would if I tried to stop MOC 50%
No, I do not feel threatened and remain in compliance 35%
Yes, by my employer 10%
Yes, by an insurance company 6%
Yes, by my medical organization 6%
May 19, 2016
Several biosimilars (products that are bioequivalent to biologics) are currently approved for the US and European market, and many more will follow in the near future. In general do you feel biosimilars will prove safe and effective enough for you to prescribe them when more become available?
Would need more educational information on biosimilars 43%
May 12, 2016
How do you feel about breastfeeding vs formula?
I'd really prefer that all moms breastfeed, but that is not always possible 54%
Both breast feeding and formula are fine, moms should choose 16%
I'm okay with breastfeeding and occasional formula supplementation 15%
I recommend breastfeeding only 14%
I recommend formula only 1%
May 05, 2016
Trials have just begun for the transplant of kidneys from donors with hep-C to patients who are hep-C free. The trials are supported by Merck, the manufacturer of a hep-C drug. Would you recommend a patient in dire need of a kidney transplant consider an organ from a donor infected with hep-C?
April 28, 2016
Do you think patient surveys issued by hospital admins pressure doctors and influence them to prescribe more pain medication than they otherwise might?
Do not use 9%
April 21, 2016
How do you digitally communicate with your patients?
Secure text messaging or email 15%
Secure portal 10%
One of my staff handles it 16%
Call or send letters 58%
Social media 1%
April 14, 2016
Have you had a colleague or friend who is a physician, who has attempted or committed suicide?
April 07, 2016
Junior Doctors in the UK have a series of strikes planned due to new contracts being forced against them. Do you support the UK Jr Doctors strike?
February 23, 2015
Poll: How doctors feel about compassionate use
January 19, 2015
Most Doctors Support Telemedicine
January 14, 2015
Doctors Say No To Obesity As a Disability
January 12, 2015
Violence Against Doctors: It happens more than you think
January 5, 2015
Poll: 2015 Trends in Medicine
December 15, 2014
Are Doctors Workaholics?
December 1, 2014
Doctors Face Tough Challenges in the Workplace
November 17, 2014
The Despicable Patient and Name Calling
November 14, 2014
How Long Does Your Doctor Really Spend With You?
November 14, 2014
Happy Halloween from SERMO
October 27, 2014
Do you support mandatory flu shots for medical personnel?
October 20, 2014
If you could have one organ in a jar on your desk what would it be? Happy (early) Halloween!
October 13, 2014
As a physician, which virus are you most concerned with in the US?
October 06, 2014
In the past year, what percentage of your patients have misdiagnosed themselves before coming to you?
11% to 20% (597/2234)
21% to 30% (592/2234)
0 to 10% (592/2234)
31% to 40% (300/2234)
Over 50% (251/2234)
41% to 50% (181/2234)
September 29, 2014
Do you agree with the FDA decision to approve new high-dose opioid analgesics?
September 29, 2014
In the past year, what percentage of your patients have misdiagnosed themselves before coming to you?
21% to 30% (14/37)
31% to 40% (11/37)
11% to 20% (8/37)
41% to 50% (3/37)
0% to 10% (1/37)
September 22, 2014
Should emergency rooms be staffed with full-time mental health workers to aid with medical issues for the mentally ill?
On-call is fine (824/2189)
Full-time mental health care worker 785/2189)
Mental health care worker during peak hours (264/2189)
Full-time Psychiatrist (217/2189)
Psychiatrist during peak hours (99/2189)
September 17, 2014
What has contributed the most to the rise in Vitamin D deficiency in the past few years?
Less time outside (441/625)
Dietary changes (112/625)
Overuse of sunscreen (72/625)
September 15, 2014
Do you think physicians over-order tests to protect themselves from lawsuits?