What Are SERMO Polls?

SERMO is the world’s largest health care professional (HCP) polling company, conducting 700,000 surveys per year. With 15 years of experience as well as the most stringent verification process and quality controls, we have the largest, highest quality, global proprietary HCP panel and answer 20 million questions annually. The SERMO platform is comprised of 2 million HCPs from 80 countries, and includes the largest U.S. physician panel in existence: over 800,000 doctors who represent over 80 percent of the U.S. physician population.

SERMO polls query samples from SERMO’s membership. SERMO members must go through a three-stage, highly secure and accurate verification process. In the U.S., SERMO physicians index closely to the demographics of American physicians in general, as benchmarked by the AMA.

SERMO conducts three distinct kinds of polls with health care professionals; SERMOsays sentiment polls of doctors on the social network, agile RealTime micro-surveys and longer more traditional Custom Surveys within the research network. Learn More

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.

  Scientific Standard SERMOsays RealTime Custom Surveys
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 (as measured by the AMA).

SERMO membership is validated, free, and voluntary
Selection of respondents Random sample Self-selected Random Sample
Invitation process 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
Respondent Incentives Transparency None Modest cash incentive in line with industry practice and commensurate with survey length
Poll process 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
Survey Design 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
Transparency Required We publish sample size and process with every poll published
Respondent anonymity Required Always guaranteed by SERMO
Surveys used for lead generation Not permitted Never allowed on SERMO
Push Polls Not permitted Never allowed on SERMO

 

 

SERMOsays

  • SERMOsays sentiment polls allow you to ask one poll question. Questions must be multiple choice with five or fewer answer choices (multi-answer or single response options)
  • SERMOsays sentiment polls take 4 days or more to get results
  • SERMOsays sentiment polls query all doctors from one specific country
  • With SERMOsays sentiment polls, you can choose among 15 countries and among up to 40 specialties to poll
  • With SERMOsays sentiment polls you never know what the response rate will be. Any member can respond and the sample is self-selected. SERMOsays sentiment polls are often promoted by email to relevant members
  • With SERMOsays sentiment polls there are no analytics
  • SERMOsays sentiment polls share results with participants after they have answered

RealTime

  • SERMO RealTime allows you to ask up to 5 questions and provides several question formats including single and multiple response, ranking, grid and open-ended questions and also allows you to ask follow up questions
  • SERMO RealTime results can take mere hours to gather
  • With SERMO RealTime, you can choose among 30 countries
  • With SERMO RealTime you can choose how many doctors you would like to participate in the poll
  • SERMO RealTime is a random sample (within our members) and only those invited can participate.
  • SERMO RealTime has greater reach and can get larger sample sizes
  • SERMO RealTime allows you to dive deep into the data, providing the opportunity to do analysis
  • SERMO RealTime polls are incentivized
  • SERMO RealTime does not share results with participants

Custom Surveys

  • SERMO Custom Surveys allow you to ask longer surveys and provides a full range of question formats and routing logic
  • SERMO Custom Surveys results typically take a week or more to gather
  • With SERMO Custom Surveys, you can choose among 40 countries
  • With SERMO Custom Surveys you can choose how many doctors you would like to participate in the poll
  • SERMO Custom Surveys use a random sample (within our members) and only those invited can participate.
  • SERMO Custom Surveys have greater reach and can get larger sample sizes
  • SERMO Custom Surveys allow you to dive deep into the data, providing the opportunity to do analysis
  • SERMO Custom Surveys are incentivized
  • SERMO Custom Surveys do not share results with participants

Recent SERMOsays sentiment poll results:

Weekly perspectives from physicians on the latest trends in healthcare.

November 21, 2016

Would you rather your child become a doctor, nurse or pharmacist?

Doctor 73%
Pharmacist 22%
Nurse 5%
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?

Alzheimers 55%
cancer 29%
heart disease 5%
multiple sclerosis 5%
antibiotic resistant infection 4%
HIV/AIDS 2%
October 24, 2016

Do you participate in health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act?

Yes 57%
No 43%
October 17, 2016

Patients should…

…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?

Yes 53%
No 47%
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?

Yes 26%
No 74%
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?

Yes 40%
No 60%
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?

Yes 50%
No 50%
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?

Yes 41%
No 59%
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?

Yes 33%
No 67%
July 26, 2016

Do you support making naloxone (brand name Narcan) available without a prescription?

Yes 39%
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%
Alcohol 23%
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?

Yes 65%
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?

Yes 74%
No 26%
June 23, 2016

Do you believe that pain should be considered a vital sign?

Yes 44%
No 56%
June 16, 2016

Do you believe that the Rio Olympic Games should be cancelled, postponed or transferred because of the Zika virus?

Yes 45%
No 55%
June 09, 2016

When patients share a diagnosis they found online for their symptoms, how often is it accurate?

Sometimes 63%
Rarely 27%
Frequently 9%
Often 1%
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?

Yes 47%
No 10%
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?

Yes 47%
No 63%
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?

Yes 51%
No 40%
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?

Yes 50%
No 50%
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?

Yes 87%
No 13%
March 31, 2016

When it is officially legalized in Canada, do you believe that assisted suicide is something that should be performed by a physician?

Yes 63%
No 37%
March 24, 2016

Which of these advances do you think holds the most promise for patients with diabetes?

Stem cell implantation therapies to promote insulin production 68%
Advances in multi-drug treatment courses; research that produces clearer best practices for treating diabetes with multiple medications, including Metformin and others 16%
Upgrading blood sugar monitors, so measurements are accessible to caregivers and health care professionals via the cloud 6%
Generic insulin, priced lower than branded products 10%
March 17, 2016

What type of fitness do you regularly do?

Walking 39%
Running 14%
Other (tell us!) 15%
Weight training 16%
Yoga/Pilates/Cardio group class 7%
None 5%
Group sports 4%
March 10, 2016

Do you feel that all children at 18 and 30 months should be screened for autism?

No 51%
Yes 49%
March 03, 2016

What would do more to reduce health care costs?

More free market competition between insurance companies 50%
Neither 50%
More government regulation 0%
February 29, 2015

How to Increase Diversity Among Organ Donors: Doctors Weigh In

February 25, 2015

How to Increase Diversity Among Organ Donors: Doctors Weigh In

February 24, 2016

Should it be legal for a pharmacist to prescribe birth control?

No 72%
Yes 28%
February 22, 2015

Electronic Health Records and Patient Safety

February 18, 2016

Do you think employer wellness programs help patients live healthier lives?

Yes 58%
No 43%
February 15, 2016

Do you think patient safety has improved, worsened or stayed the same as a result of the broader use of electronic health records?

Worsened 35%
Stayed the same 34%
Improved 32%
February 11, 2016

Should there be a universal medical license so doctors can easily treat patients across state lines?

Yes 81%
No 19%
February 05, 2015

Doctors Say There are Not Enough Clinical Trials for Women for Heart Related Drugs

February 04, 2016

Can an outbreak of Zika Virus be prevented in the U.S.?

No, an outbreak is likely to happen no matter what measures are taken 49%
Yes, but only with significant increases in funding, travel limitations, research and prevention measures such as mosquito eradication 29%
Yes, with current levels of awareness, public health warnings and screening 22%
January 28, 2016

The CDC has advised pregnant women to postpone trips to more than 20 countries or territories impacted by the Zika Virus outbreak. Doctors do not know how long a woman should wait to become pregnant after being infected with Zika Virus in order to prevent birth defects. Do you think the travel warning should be extended beyond just pregnant women to include all women of fertile ages?

Yes 68%
No 32%
January 21, 2016

What kind of access to Zika virus blood testing would you like to see?

At CDC and state / local public health laboratories 59%
I want this test available in my local medical facility 3%
At CDC only 8%
January 18, 2016

Last week, Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt declared, "The Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better...We have to get the hearts and minds of physicians back. I think we’ve lost them." Which of the following best describes your reaction to his statement?

After the Meaningful Use mess, why would we trust the government to make things better? 60%
The government is finally listening to doctor’s concerns about Meaningful Use. 30%
Meaningful Use was a good idea for a while, but this is a good time to end it. 8%
The Meaningful Use program did a lot of good. Sorry to see it end. 2%
January 12, 2015

Doctors Weigh in on how to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

January 07, 2015

Do Doctors Feel Prepared to Have End-of-Life Care Conversations?

January 07, 2016

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 7 in 10 teens are exposed to e-cigarette advertising, which is permitted on TV, in print, online and in store displays. Traditional cigarette advertising is permitted only in magazines, direct mailings and store displays. Do you think that there should be the same restrictions on where e-cigarette ads should be displayed as there are for traditional cigarettes?

Yes 90%
No 10%
January 04, 2016

Under the Affordable Care Act, more Americans are covered for cost-free cancer screenings. Do you think patients are now seeking:

Too few screenings 45%
Just the right amount of screenings 29%
Too many screenings 27%
December 31, 2015

Which do you think is the most promising medical innovation?

Personalized treatments based on genetic analysis 54%
Gene editing technique CRISPR 18%
3D printing 16%
Digital (smart) pills that provide real-time data to doctors 8%
Digital health apps 5%
December 28, 2015

The FDA recently lifted its longstanding ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The new policy allows these people to make blood donations as long as they have not had sex with another man in the previous 12 months. Should the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men who have had sex with another man within a year be replaced completely by an in depth screening for risky sexual behavior and drug use among all people donating blood?

Yes 77%
No 23%
December 24, 2015

Do you receive holiday gifts from your patients?

Yes, sometimes 62%
No, never 23%
Yes, always 14%
December 21, 2015

Next year, Medicare will expand its reimbursement for talking to patients about end-of-life choices, also called “advance care planning”. Do you feel you would benefit from training on end of life discussions?

Yes 56%
No 44%
December 10, 2015

The prescription drug and heroin epidemics have been a hot topic on the campaign trail. What do you think is the single most important tactic to curb the prescription drug and heroin epidemics?

Broader use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and making PDMPs interoperable across state lines 54%
More education for physicians on proper prescribing practices 18%
More education for patients at risk 16%
Increased access to Naloxone, the medication used to reverse the effects of opioids especially in overdose, for friends and family of those at risk for overdose 11%
Needle exchange programs 2%
December 03, 2015

Should doctors be tested for competency at age 65?

No 74%
Yes 26%
December 02, 2015

Doctors Share Perspectives on Truvada for World AIDS Day

November 30, 2015

The AMA has recently called for a ban on Direct To Consumer (DTC) advertising because they believe it increases healthcare costs. Do you agree there should be a ban on DTC advertising for drugs and medical devices?

Yes 80%
No 21%
November 23, 2015

December 1st is World AIDS Day so we wanted to take the pulse of the physician community on what’s new in HIV/AIDS prevention. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) refers to an antiretroviral (ARV) drug that can be taken by an HIV negative person at high risk before potential HIV exposure to reduce risk of HIV infection. Right now, Truvada is the only drug approved for PrEP in the US, while in other countries it is used in PrEP trials. Do you think that PrEP will be effective in reducing the number of HIV infections?

Yes 70%
No 30%
November 19, 2015

Which of these is the single most important factor contributing to patients failing to meet Type 2 Diabetes treatment goals?

Poor adherence by patients to lifestyle and pharmacological treatment 79%
Lack of understanding by patients of the long-term benefits of treatment 14%
Failure of health care providers to initiate or intensify medications appropriately (termed clinical inertia) 5%
Poor compliance because of patient concerns about adverse effects2%
November 18, 2015

Doctors Weigh in on Lung Cancer – Prevention, Detection and Treatment

November 16, 2015

The Washington Post wants to know: Do you recommend co-pay assistance and/or drug manufacturer coupons to your patients to help them afford their medicines?

Yes 81%
NO 19%
November 12, 2015

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. What do you think is the single most important thing that can be done to prevent Type 2 diabetes?

Increased funding for healthy school lunch programs and early education to improve healthy lifestyle choices 27%
Insurance coverage for evidence based community lifestyle intervention programs 26%
Employer paid bonuses for healthy lifestyle indicators 21%
Tax and regulatory limits on sugary beverages and unhealthy foods 17%
Increased funding for SNAP benefits programs (formerly known as food stamps) that incentivize healthy food choices 6%
Insurance coverage for gastric bypass surgery 4%
November 09, 2015

Studies are finding a rising number of lung cancer cases among nonsmokers. Since lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, should low dose CT screening be extended to all patients at a certain age, similar to mammograms for women above age 45 and colonoscopies for men and women above age 50?

No 57%
Yes 43%
November 09, 2015

Should low dose CT screening for lung cancer be extended to all patients at a certain age, similar to mammograms for women above age 45 and colonoscopies for men and women above age 50?

No 58%
Yes 42%
November 09, 2015

Should low dose CT screening for lung cancer be extended to all patients at a certain age, similar to mammograms for women above age 45 and colonoscopies for men and women above age 50?

Yes 50%
No 50%
November 05, 2015

How can we reduce or reverse the stigma of mental illness?

Mental health literacy campaigns in schools 69%
Mental health literacy campaigns in workplaces 59%
Mental health facility open houses 40%
Celebrity testimonials 28%
Fundraisers/Walks 24%
November 05, 2015

How can we reduce or reverse the stigma of mental illness?

Mental health literacy campaigns in schools 42%
Mental health literacy campaigns in workplaces 33%
Mental health facility open houses 17%
Celebrity testimonials 8%
Fundraisers/Walks 0%
November 02, 2015

The LA Times wants to know: Has the increase in patient cost-sharing – higher deductibles, co-pays, etc. - had any impact on your bottom line as patients put off going to the doctor or skip procedures they say are too expensive?

Yes 76%
No 24%
October 29, 2015

Did Dr. Ben Carson’s association with Mannatech and its discredited supplements mislead the public in a similar fashion to Dr. Oz’s promotion of questionable medical products?

Yes 45%
Don't know 23%
No 19%
No, but close 13%
October 26, 2015

Do you participate in health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act?

Yes 61%
No 39%
October 26, 2015

What should a nurse practitioner be allowed to do without an overseeing physician?

Evaluate 52%
None of the above 26%
All of the above 23%
Diagnose 16%
Prescribe 7%
October 22, 2015

Are you happier this year than you were last year?

No 54%
Yes 46%
October 22, 2015

Are you happier this year than you were last year?

Yes 50%
No 50%
October 22, 2015

Are you happier this year than you were last year?

Yes 100%
No 0%
October 19, 2015

Have your patients ever declined care due to a high-deductible payment?

Yes 82%
No 18%
October 15, 2015

Due to the potential 52% increase in Medicare Part B payments, will this encourage you to delay retirement?

No 75%
Yes 25%
October 12, 2015

Do you think all of the recent health care mergers (both among insurers and hospitals/health systems) are impacting the practice of medicine?

Yes, negatively 57%
Yes, positively 10%
No 6%
October 08, 2015

Do you think doctors feel pressured to prescribe Tamiflu to patients?

Yes 57%
No 43%
October 05, 2015

Beyond Medicare and Medicaid, what health care services should the federal government fund?

All of the above 40%
Research and clinical trials 20%
Preventative care and health screenings 16%
None of the above 12%
Diseases awareness and public education12%
Women's health1%
October 05, 2015

Según su experiencia, ¿qué porcentaje de casos médicos no están claros o se encuentran en tierra de nadie, y le gustaría recibir opiniones, orientación o el punto de vista de otros médicos o colegas?

11-20% 57%
31-29% 29%
21-30% 14%
0% 0%
1-10%0%
41-50%0%
51-60%0%
61-70%0%
71% o más0%
October 01, 2015

Have your patients friended you on Facebook?

No, I have never received a request 58%
Yes, I declined 31%
Yes, I accepted 11%
September 28, 2015

What do you think should be done to lower drug costs? (Pick up to three options)

Stop allowing drug companies to strike deals with generic drugmakers that delay inexpensive versions of brand-name drugs 56%
Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices 53%
Allow patients to buy prescription drugs from other countries 33%
Stop allowing drug companies to take tax deductions for marketing expenses 29%
Require all pharma companies to disclose R&D costs 26%
Devote more spending to speeding up the approval process for generic drugs 23%
Establish a monthly per-patient cap on out-of-pocket spending for drugs 18%
Establish a government-based prize that rewards innovation in drug development 12%
None of the above 6%
September 24, 2015

Do you think there will be delays in payment because of the transition to ICD-10 next week despite CMS’ 1 year grace period?

Yes 93%
No 7%
September 21, 2015

Which action do you think should be taken with priority to improve the delivery of care to patients with dementia?

Adequate funding in underpins all of the above 27%
Adequate and rapidly accessible social services to support dementia patients at home 27%
Development of tailored programmes to provide both physical and mental care 21%
Provision of and more rapid access to specific clinics for diagnosis and monitoring 15%
Arrangement of appropriate community support with community based admiral nurses 9%
September 16, 2015

Physician-assisted suicide: should it be legal?

Yes 52%
No 38%
Undecided 11%
September 14, 2015

Which therapeutic area do you think will lead to a cure for cancer?

Genomics 36%
Immunotherapy 33%
Small-molecule targeted therapy 23%
Vaccines 7%
September 10, 2015

Should depression screening be mandatory for all teenagers?

No 59%
Yes 41%
September 07, 2015

Do you expect the rate of physician suicide in the next ten years to:

Increase 57%
Stay the same 37%
Decrease 6%
September 03, 2015

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee of Substance Abuse recommends that you should talk to children as young as 9 about alcohol. Do you agree?

Yes 57%
No 43%
August 31, 2015

How confident are you in your patients' data security?

Somewhat confident 33%
Not at all confident 23%
Very confident 22%
Slightly confident 17%
Extremely confident 6%
August 27, 2015

Has increased awareness about the prescription drug and heroin epidemics led you to change your prescribing patterns for patients in pain?

Yes 50%
No 50%
August 24, 2015

Have you had a patient request specific medications because of information they received through social media campaigns like the recent controversial Kim Kardashian posting about Diclegis or a disease awareness campaign?

No 57%
Yes 37%
I don't know 6%
August 20, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration approved OxyContin use for children as young as 11, do you agree with this decision?

No 72%
Yes 28%
August 17, 2015

Are parents to blame for childhood obesity?

Mostly 57%
Somewhat 30%
Completely 12%
Not at all 1%
August 13, 2015

Are you more or less likely to seek medical attention for your child because you are a doctor?

Less likely 62%
Equally likely 24%
More likely 14%
August 10, 2015

Has your EHR system ever gone down for more than a day as a result of a data breach, EHR malfunction or some other reason which precluded access to patient records?

No 68%
Yes 40%
August 06, 2015

Have you ever had a patient request a specific medication based on a conversation with a pharmacist?

Yes 68%
No 32%
August 03, 2015

Nonprofit news organization ProPublica released a scorecard for surgeons in July that compares doctors on complication rates for a variety of common procedures of Medicare patients. Forbes wants to know, if there were scorecards for your specialty, would it affect your decision to take (or not take) Medicare patients?

No 59%
Yes 41%
July 30, 2015

Have you hired or do you plan to hire additional staff to assist with the implementation and management of ICD-10?

No 83%
Yes 17%
July 27, 2015

Are you ready for ICD-10?

No 71%
Yes 29%
July 23, 2015

Do you believe that drinks with high sugar content should be regulated in order to mitigate obesity and diabetes in minors?

No 56%
Yes 44%
July 20, 2015

Forbes wants to know your thoughts on national patient identifiers. The U.S. Government has already mandated a national provider identifier, should they also mandate a national patient identifier as a way to avoid patient mismatching and make patient data more interoperable?

Yes 68%
No 33%
July 17, 2015

Do you think birth control pills should be available over the counter?

No 51%
Yes 49%
July 16, 2015

Do you think birth control pills should be available over the counter?

Yes 50%
No 50%
July 13, 2015

What are the benefits of global social networking for doctors and medicine as a whole?

Helps solve challenging patient cases via the collective wisdom of doctors 64%
Provides education on new techniques/approaches 50%
Creates a safe space for me to talk with other physicians 47%
Educates about how drugs/therapies are used in other countries 45%
Informs and potentially influences standards of care 42%
Provides/ creates awareness of global job opportunities 27%
Helps forecast diseases 24%
July 10, 2015

Live Science (http://www.livescience.com/) wants to know of the following options, which one(s) are you likely to prescribe to patients?

Folic acid (Folate) 72%
Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, & B7) 45%
Vitamin C 29%
Vitamin K 12%
Vitamin E 11%
Vitamin A 8%
July 09, 2015

In an aging world, dementia and Alzheimer's are becoming top public health priorities. Do you believe your country has the necessary resources to provide the required standard of care to this population?

No 72%
Yes 28%
July 06, 2015

Do you support a global ban on human germline editing, which takes gene therapy into altering DNA heredity?

No 52%
Yes 48%
July 06, 2015

Do you support a global ban on human germline editing, which takes gene therapy into altering DNA heredity?

Yes 0%
No 0%
July 02, 2015

Are you seeing an increase in the number of patients who request Telemedicine?

No 81%
Yes 19%
June 29, 2015

What is your country’s biggest public health challenge?

Obesity 52%
Cost of healthcare 40%
Lack of doctors 6%
Childhood Vaccinations 1%
Water Safety 1%
June 25, 2015

Which infectious disease outbreak do you fear the most?

Drug-resistant bacteria 52%
Ebola 23%
MERS 9%
Tubercolosis 8%
Others 4%
Measles 3%
Pertussis 1%
June 22, 2015

Do you believe medical crowdsourcing (ie,tapping into the collective wisdom of doctors via an online channel) has the potential to improve the way you practice medicine?

Yes 57%
No 43%
June 22, 2015

Do you believe medical crowdsourcing (ie,tapping into the collective wisdom of doctors via an online channel) has the potential to make you a better doctor?

Yes 78%
No 22%
June 22, 2015

Do you believe medical crowdsourcing among fellow physicians can make you a better doctor?

Yes 50%
No 50%
June 18, 2015

Recently, the news has covered a number of young people who have tragically lost limbs while doing everyday activities, like the Alton Tower roller coaster crash in the UK and the multiple shark attacks on the North Carolina coast. When do you expect widespread availability of prostheses with full neural integration?

After 2035 29%
By 2025 28%
By 2030 22%
By 2020 12%
By 2035 9%
June 17, 2015

The benefits of GMO labeling

June 15, 2015

Do medical societies and associations lobby for your interests?

Sometimes 53%
No 28%
Yes 14%
Unsure 5%
June 11, 2015

The AMA at its annual meeting have empowered themselves to work with state medical societies and medical boards to implement MOL in their states and specialties. Whose best interest does this serve?

AMA and state medical boards 93%
Practicing physicians 5%
Patients 2%
June 08, 2015

What do doctors think about medical marijuana?

June 08, 2015

Sunday, June 7 was National Cancer Survivor Day. Gene therapy is being used to increase the number of cancer survivors. If you found out that you were genetically predisposed to a high-mortality cancer, would you agree to preventive treatments?

Yes 91%
No 9%
June 08, 2015

Gene therapy is being used to increase the number of cancer survivors. If you found out that you were genetically predisposed to a high-mortality cancer, would you agree to preventative treatments?

Yes 100%
No 0%
June 08, 2015

Sunday, June 7 was National Cancer Survivor Day. Gene therapy is being used to increase the number of cancer survivors. If you found out that you were genetically predisposed to a high-mortality cancer, would you agree to preventative treatments?

Yes 0%
No 0%
June 08, 2015

Sunday, June 7 was National Cancer Survivor Day. Gene therapy is being used to reduce the number of cancer survivors. If you found out that you have a cancer gene, would you agree to preventative treatments?

Yes 79%
No 21%
June 04, 2015

Do you think CPR/life-saving training should be a required course in schools?

Yes 84%
No 16%
June 04, 2015

Have you ever been assaulted by a patient?

Yes, verbally 0%
Yes, physically 0%
Both 0%
Never 0%
June 01, 2015

“Patient and family reactions can run the gamut from extreme sadness and weeping to shock and disbelief to anger” according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. Do you recommend family/friends be present when bad news is delivered?

Yes 81%
No 19%
May 29, 2015

Will private practice survive the next decade?

Yes, always 53%
No, never 47%
May 26, 2015

Skin Cancer: Do safe tans exist?

May 25, 2015

Forbes is asking SERMO: Should patients have access to their entire medical record - including MD notes, any audio recordings, etc...?

Access to all records should only be given on a case-by-case basis 49%
Yes, always 34%
No, never 17%
May 21, 2015

Military research has led to many medical innovations. Do you believe we are investing enough in public funds to reach needed medical breakthroughs?

No 69%
Yes 31%
May 20, 2015

When Every Second Counts: How Medical Crowdsourcing Saves Lives

May 18, 2015

Of all the tests you order and medications you prescribe, how many require prior-authorization?

0% - 20% 57%
21% - 40% 29%
41% - 60% 9%
61% - 80% 3%
81% - 100% 1%
May 14, 2015

Do you feel pressured by your patients to "do something" at each appointment?

Yes 61%
No 39%
May 11, 2015

Do you think there is such thing as a safe tan?

No, there is no such thing as a safe tan 64%
Yes, a little glow will not hurt you as long as it is done with appropriate safety measure such as sunscreen 36%
May 11, 2015

Do you think there is such thing as a safe tan?

No, there is no such thing as a safe tan 100%
Yes, a little glow will not hurt you as long as it is done with appropriate safety measure such as sunscreen 0%
May 07, 2015

New research on peanut allergies – SERMO doctors weigh in

May 07, 2015

The FDA just approved, Kybella, an injection to get rid of double-chin fat. Do you predict it will be big?

Yes 63%
No 37%
May 07, 2015

The FDA just approved an injection to get rid of double-chin fat. Do you think plastic surgery is worth the risk?

Yes 70%
No 30%
May 04, 2015

As a doctor, do you treat every patient as if they were your mother?

Yes 57%
No 43%
May 01, 2015

Do you believe that your specialty society fully communicated the content of HR-2 to you prior to asking you to call your members of Congress to support this bill?

Yes 81%
No 19%
April 27, 2015

Should food manufactures be required to label products containing GMOs?

Yes 68%
No 32%
April 23, 2015

Dr. Oz should:

Resign from his faculty position at Columbia University 57%
Do both, resign from his position at Columbia and have his license revoked 21%
Do nothing, I respect Dr. Oz as a physician 19%
Have his medical license revoked 3%
April 20, 2015

April is national child abuse awareness month. Do you think healthcare professionals, including doctors, are doing enough to protect abused children?

Yes 52%
No 48%
April 16, 2015

Former NFL Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Do you agree with the verdict?

Yes 94%
No 6%
April 13, 2015

What do you feel will be most effective, have the most impact in educating about and reinforcing the physician’s role as advocate?

Direct one-to-one interaction with patients 49%
Public awareness, via media (print, broadcast), social media, blogs 19%
Group effort, via organized medicine (medical societies, professional organization) 13%
Political advocacy (e.g.. Educating political and government leaders) 12%
Community events and outreach (e.g. Lectures, health fairs, public events) 6%
Other 2%
April 10, 2015

Do you agree with billionaire Mark Cuban that "If you can afford to have your blood tested for everything available, do it quarterly so you have a baseline of your own personal health"?

No 87%
Yes 13%
April 06, 2015

Tech mag Fast Company wants to hear from you: I support the legalization of cannabis for...

Both 34%
Neither, I do not support the legalization of cannabis 32%
Medical purposes 31%
Recreational purposes 3%
April 06, 2015

I support the legalization of cannabis for...

Both 44%
Neither, I do not support the legalization of cannabis 30%
Medical purposes 22%
Recreational purposes 4%
April 01, 2015

On March 26, the House passed a bill to permanently repeal the SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, which would cut Medicare reimbursements by a 21.2%, codify MOC and MU, and replace Medicare payments with outcomes-based payments. The Senate has yet to vote on it as they near a 2-week recess. Do you support HR 2?

Yes 40%
No 39%
Undecided 21%
April 01, 2015

Do you support bill H.R. 2 which repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement?

Yes 62%
No 30%
Undecided 9%
March 30, 2015

Needle exchange programs...

are a responsible public health policy to prevent disease infection 76%
facilitate risk-taking behaviors 24%
March 26, 2015

When you refer a patient to another doctor, how often do you have difficulty obtaining or transferring records?

Sometimes 40%
Very often 32%
Rarely 19%
Always 5%
Never 4%
March 23, 2015

In your experience, what percent of medical cases lack clarity or are in the grey zone, where you would ideally like to get feedback, guidance or input from other doctors or colleagues?

11% - 20% 33%
1% - 10% 24%
21% - 30% 22%
31% - 40% 11%
41% - 50% 5%
51% - 60% 3%
61% - 70% 1%
71% - 85% 1%
0% 0%
86% - 100% 0%
March 23, 2015

In your experience, what percent of medical cases are unclear, where doctors would ideally like to get feedback, guidance or input from other doctors or colleagues?

1% - 10% 29%
11% - 20% 24%
31% - 40% 19%
21% - 30% 14%
51% - 60% 14%
0% 0%
41% - 50% 0%
61% - 70% 0%
71% - 85% 0%
86% - 100% 0%
March 19, 2015

Should nurse practitioners (or generally, Allied Healthcare Professionals) be given the ability to evaluate, diagnose, and prescribe to patients without an overseeing doctor?

No 74%
Depends on specialty/type of patients 13%
Depends on proximity of a doctor 8%
Yes 6%
March 16, 2015

How much influence do physicians have over healthcare policy?

Not much 44%
Little 33%
Somewhat 18%
Much 3%
A great deal 2%
March 12, 2015

To be a good doctor in the 21st century, which characteristics are most important? (Choose top 3)

Ability to adapt to new technology 61%
Empathy 46%
Hard worker 46%
Ability to work on a team 43%
Good listener 41%
Curious/Inquisitive 25%
March 09, 2015

In the last year, do you think the incidence of superbugs (MRSA, C. diff, etc) has:

Risen 61%
Stayed the same 35%
Decreased 4%
March 05, 2015

Are there certain hospitals in your area you wouldn't go to for treatment for you or your family?

Yes 73%
Depends on the situation 17%
No 10%
March 02, 2015

The new LEAP Study reverses the decade-long recommendation of waiting to introduce children to peanuts to prevent allergies. Based on this study, will you now recommend earlier exposure?

Yes 59%
Waiting for more research 36%
No 6%
February 26, 2015

At medical events and conferences, what swag do you swipe?

USB drives 60%
Pens 50%
Other 40%
Stress toys 33%
Mugs/cups 18%
Tote bags 14%
Pill cases 12%
February 26, 2015

At medical events and conferences, what swag do you swipe?

USB drives 67%
Pens 33%
Other 33%
Stress toys 0%
Mugs/cups 0%
Tote bags 0%
Pill cases 0%
February 23, 2015

Which of these countries is home to the best healthcare system?

United States 34%
Sweden 18%
Germany 12%
Switzerland 11%
Canada 8%
France 7%
Japan 5%
United Kingdom 4%
Italy 0%
Spain 0%
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?

70%
Yes (1811/2577)

30%
No (756/2577)
October 20, 2014

If you could have one organ in a jar on your desk what would it be? Happy (early) Halloween!

41%
brains (955/2317)

27%
heart (628/2317)

22%
eyeballs (505/2317)

5%
kidneys (105/2317)

3%
tongue (63/2317)

3%
liver (61/2317)
October 13, 2014

As a physician, which virus are you most concerned with in the US?

46%
Ebola (1287/2818)

40%
Influenza (1120/2818)

15%
EV-D68 (411/2818)
October 06, 2014

In the past year, what percentage of your patients have misdiagnosed themselves before coming to you?

27%
11% to 20% (597/2234)

27%
21% to 30% (592/2234)

14%
0 to 10% (592/2234)

13%
31% to 40% (300/2234)

11%
Over 50% (251/2234)

8%
41% to 50% (181/2234)
September 29, 2014

In the past year, what percentage of your patients have misdiagnosed themselves before coming to you?

38%
21% to 30% (14/37)

30%
31% to 40% (11/37)

22%
11% to 20% (8/37)

8%
41% to 50% (3/37)

3%
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?

38%
On-call is fine (824/2189)

36%
Full-time mental health care worker 785/2189)

12%
Mental health care worker during peak hours (264/2189)

10%
Full-time Psychiatrist (217/2189)

5%
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?

71%
Less time outside (441/625)

18%
Dietary changes (112/625)

12%
Overuse of sunscreen (72/625)
September 15, 2014

Do you think physicians over-order tests to protect themselves from lawsuits?

94%
Yes (2147/2290)

6%
No (143/2290)