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Public Attitudes to R&D and Healthcare

25 Apr 2023

This briefing covers key findings on healthcare from CaSE’s Discovery Decade 2022-23 public attitudes study, which comprised four nationally-representative surveys polling a total of 18,000 people, and 14 focus groups. It includes statistics and the opinions of focus group participants, and identifies four key points:

  • People are concerned about healthcare and see R&D as a solution
  • Relating R&D to healthcare drives up support – but the desire for urgent action to improve healthcare and the NHS poses a risk for R&D advocacy
  • The coronavirus vaccine is not a straightforward positive for the sector