Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of jroyalcgpracBJGP at RCGPBJGP at PubMed CentralJ R Coll Gen Pract at PubMed CentralRCGP homepage
J R Coll Gen Pract. 1986 December; 36(293): 542–544.
PMCID: PMC1960659

An analysis of lay medicine: fifteen years later


Five hundred patients were asked what advice they had received before attending the doctor's surgery. The results were analysed and compared with an identical survey carried out in 1970. There have been few changes in the frequency and nature of lay advice over the last 15 years, with women still being the chief source of informal advice; the advice from men was generally to go to the doctor. Pharmacists play an increasing role and television is mentioned three times more often as a source of information in 1985 than 1970. Home doctor books are more up to date and are used more frequently. Self-care and lay advice remain important sources of medical care, suggesting that health education is a matter of priority.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (633K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • HORDER J, HORDER E. Illness in general practice. Practitioner. 1954 Aug;173(1034):177–187. [PubMed]
  • Elliott-Binns CP. An analysis of lay medicine. J R Coll Gen Pract. 1973 Apr;23(129):255–264. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners are provided here courtesy of Royal College of General Practitioners