Survey finds that young women prefer to consult doctors online

CHENNAI: I prefer to know your line, says by, an online platform that helps people locate doctors and get information about medical care. A third of the seven crore users opted for online consulting on the platform in 2019, he said.

The survey shows an increase of 114% of users in urban areas and an increase of 134% in rural areas. Practo refused to reveal the exact number of the increase, but said eConsults emerged as a preferred alternative to consumers, especially millennials.

It has the power to reach users even in the most remote villages, in the strangest hours, when access to specialists can be a challenge, said the director of health strategy at Practo, Dr. Alexander Kuruvilla.

We see that women are increasingly using our platform to consult doctors instead of self-diagnosing or, worse, ignoring all their symptoms, he said.

While most women in the age group of 20 to 30 prefer consultations between 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m., those between 30 and 40 years prefer slot machines between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Older women in the age group 40 to 50 years preferred the afternoon spaces.

While most of the young people wanted to consult with gynecologists for irregular periods, pregnancies, unprotected sex complications and polycystic ovaries, middle-aged people sought information on coughs, colds and pediatrician vaccines. Women over 40 requested a consultation for knee breakage, back pain, fractures and arthritis by orthopedics.

In general, one third of online consultations were for gynecologists (30%), followed by general practitioners (18%), dermatologists (15%), psychiatrists (6%) and pediatricians (5%). The rest was shared between specialties in sexology, dentistry and pulmonology.

Age Group 20-30

Higher specialty - Gynecology; preferred time 6-8pm;

Age group 30-40

Higher specialty - Pediatrics; Preferred time 10pm to 6am

Age group 40-50

Higher specialty - orthopedics; preferred time late