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Self diagnosis increasing in the UK

11th November 2005

The use of self-diagnosis of medical conditions is increasing within Britain, The Daily Mail reports.

A survey by Mintel found that sales of self-testing kits had increased by 40 per cent since 2000, amounting to ?68 million. Blood pressure monitors form the fastest growing section of the market, with sales expected to be worth ?22 million by the end of the year.

Around 15 per cent of Brits self-diagnosed their blood pressure in 2004, a rise from six per cent six years ago. Sales of blood glucose, pregnancy, ovulation and blood pressure assessment kits are forecast to grow by just under two fifths by five years.

“Consumers are becoming much more time-stressed, and a visit to their doctor is no longer seen, by some, as a positive return on investment in terms of time, effort and energy,” said Claire Birks, consumer analyst with Mintel.

She commented that many were now turning to the internet to diagnose problems, consulting their doctor’s only when they are seriously ill. “All this has fundamentally altered the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship,” she added.

Over half of the market is currently taken up by pregnancy tests.

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