More than 50% of people who consulted doctors from Lybrate’s pool of 90,000 healthcare experts reached out to them for issues related to either sexual or mental health
In a disturbing trend, lifestyle-related issues are taking root in Tier 2&3 cities, as people also show inquisitiveness about preventive measures
Women and child health most sought after subjects in Kolkata, while lifestyle-related issues top minds of people in Bangalore. In Delhi and Mumbai, people consult doctors for diet and nutrition as well
Sexual and mental health problems are major health concerns in India and need urgent and timely attention before they get blown out of proportion and become a huge burden, points out the LybrateHealthscape India 2015 report, even as it states that though people have become relatively vocal to discuss these issues once considered a taboo for public discourse, the tendency to yet not discuss these openly suppresses the real healthcare picture of the country.
Lybrate, India’s largest online doctor consultation platform that ensures anonymity of users’ identity, came up with the data after analyzing around 50 million interactions that happened on the platform over a period of 12 months, starting January 1 this year when the platform was launched.
The report released today shows that more than half the percentage of people who consulted doctors from Lybrate’s pool of 90,000 doctors reached out to them for issues related to either sexual or mental health. The top seven health issues in the country, the report says, are sexual (32%), mental (21%), lifestyle-related (15%), diet & nutrition (12%), women’s health (11%), skin health (5%) and child health (4%).
Non-availability of reliable healthcare data is a stumbling block in India and prevents deeper insights into patterns of diseases for devising meaningful strategies targeted at treatment and research and development.
“Lybrate is using technology to make quality healthcare accessible to people in the country and in the process of patients conversing with doctors online, we have garnered ample data that provides a vital peek into valuable information pertaining to health and diseases with respect to different geographies, gender and age groups,” said Saurabh Arora, CEO, Lybrate.
The data reflected that women on the whole were not as proactive as men in consulting doctors about their health problems and the gap was wide across Tier 2&3 and Tier 1 cities, except for the age group 18-24 falling in the latter. Besides, younger people in the age group of 18-24 in Tier 1 cities consulted more about mental health, while those in Tier 2&3 cities did so for sexual health. The trend illustrated that women need to be made more aware and about their health and that people are getting open to talk about subjects related to sexual and mental health in even cities from Tier 2 and 3, something which must be encouraged.
While lifestyle diseases, especially cardiovascular ailments and hypertension, had been prevalent in Tier 1 cities, the data shows that these were now taking root in Tier 2 & 3 cities owing to change in living habits and this is disturbing. However, the report mentions that people were also inquisitive to know about preventive measures, diet and nutrition and wellbeing.
Among the metros, people in Delhi consulted doctors more about sexual health while those in Mumbai reached out to them for issues related to mental health. In Bangalore, the topmost priority was lifestyle-related issues, but this did not top minds of people in Kolkata which, however, showed that women here were forthcoming about their health issue more any other metros. Also, men in metros paid more attention to lifestyle-related issues compared to women who were rather concerned about diet and nutrition, while sexual health topped minds of both the gender.
*Interactions are defined by cumulative sum of searches for doctors, health queries sought, patient-doctor communication and appointments booked.