With over 10 years of experience, Anurupa Bose is a clinical dietician and is currently working as the Chief Nutritionist with Hera Now.
What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?
The best part is that through this process of counselling and treatment, we come across so many kinds of people from different backgrounds with different health and medical conditions, beliefs, food practices, preferences, etc. This enriches our knowledge, patient handling capacity as well as at times it puts us into challenge and that is why we make an effort to give our best.
When is a patient easy to treat?
It is easy when a patient is cooperating in giving all the information regarding their past and present health conditions, practices, etc. without any hesitation. This is because it is very important to know what is their understanding about their own health.
When is a patient difficult to treat?
When a patient hides information regarding their clinical condition, it becomes difficult to assess the patient correctly. In such a situation, it is tough to provide correct treatment plan.
How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?
It is helpful if the patient is aware about the basics of the diseases as well as the treatment plan. It is always easier to explain the pros and cons about the process and convince them for the procedure according to their health condition.
How can a patient improve his or her knowledge about the treatment procedure (apart from consulting the doctor, of course)?
Apart from their doctors, patients can source their knowledge from reliable sources on internet, medical journals, health columns, health magazines, articles and research papers.
How medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?
Medical misinformation is a very big problem. I believe that medical misinformation can lead to dangerous health hazards. We see a lot of cases in which people go for quick fix solutions for loosing or gaining weight because they have seen or read something on social media, which sometimes leads to serious health conditions with fatal consequences.
A few advice that you always give to your patients (about staying healthy, about escaping misinformation etc.)
I always tell my patients to be cautious of misinformation regarding any clinical conditions they may come across on social media and/or otherwise. Before you implement any ideas and quick fix solutions, you should consult an expert and get proper guidance. One thing about weight gain or loss that people should remember is that if they are trying to achieve an ideal weight or BMI, it will not happen overnight. They should be patient, give time to their body, respect and rely on their health coach or expert, and not opt for diet plans that they come to know about from unreliable sources as that can lead to serious illnesses not done under proper medical supervision. The ideal mantra for maintaining good health is – eat a balanced diet including all the food groups according to RDA on a regular basis, follow small frequent meal patterns, avoid junk and processed foods, do regular exercises and be positive about yourself.
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