Develop healthy habits through communication with medical experts: Dr Shashivadhanan

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Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Shabnam Sengupta

Dr Shashivadhanan, MBBS, MS, DNB (Surgery), MCh, DrNB (Neurosurgery), FRCS (Edinburgh) is a Consultant in Neurosurgery. He is currently heading the Department of Neurosurgery in a Tertiary Care Government Hospital in Pune. With over 30 years of experience in Health care, he is presently involved in active clinical practice, training and Research. His area of interest includes head injury, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, Artificial Intelligence and Neuroethics. 

When a patient explains to you about their health problems, what are the most common mistakes they make in their communication?

One of the most common mistakes patients make when communicating with their doctor is failing to provide a clear timeline of their illness. Instead, they often recount information given by other healthcare providers without detailing their symptoms and how the disease has progressed. Younger patients may withhold relevant facts, considering them irrelevant, while elderly patients may forget crucial symptoms. Additionally, many patients do not organize their medical documents properly. Recently, there has been a trend of patients self-diagnosing their condition through internet research and suggesting the same diagnosis and treatment to their unsuspecting physician.

What does health literacy mean to you, and why is it important in patient care?

Health Literacy means that the individual must not only have the knowledge of Health but also should have an understanding as to, how to utilize the knowledge. It should empower an individual to make well-informed decisions regarding his health well being. From the organizational view, each individual must have the highest level of attainable health. It should not be a gift for a selected few.

If a patient is knowledgeable about the basics of their health condition, how helpful is it for the overall treatment procedure?

An informed patient facilitates quicker diagnosis for the physician and simplifies the process of customizing treatment plans. Moreover, an informed patient acknowledges the possibility of adverse outcomes despite the best knowledge, experience, and technological support. This understanding fosters a stronger patient-doctor relationship, which significantly contributes to improved outcomes.

How much can medical misinformation impact treatment procedures?

Medical misinformation impacts every aspect of patient care, spanning from diagnosis establishment, investigations, treatment, and follow-up, to preventative measures. Honest and transparent communication with your treating physician not only enhances the quality of your treatment but also expedites your recovery. Conversely, inaccurate, misleading, or false information can result in confusion, distrust, increased morbidity, and mortality. Such outcomes not only detrimentally affect healthcare providers but also negatively impact patients.

What are the most common myths or misinformation you see your patients falling prey to?

In my experience as a surgeon in clinical practice, a significant number of patients express satisfaction only when I recommend an extensive array of investigations, including ultrasound and CT scans. There is a prevailing belief among patients that the effectiveness of treatment correlates with the costliness of prescribed drugs. Many patients insist on being provided with the most expensive medications, under the assumption that only then can they experience a swift recovery. However, they often fail to recognize that the body requires sufficient time to undergo natural healing processes.

What is your most common advice to patients to stay away from health misinformation online?

Firstly and most importantly, you must trust your doctor. Nobody wishes to harm you knowingly. Secondly, little and half-cooked knowledge is dangerous. Avoid believing what you see & read on the internet. Respect and follow the advice given to you by your treating physician. In case you have any doubt then you have the full liberty to get your doubts cleared. If still in doubt, you can always have a second or third opinion by a different physician. Always remember prevention is always better than cure. The Covid pandemic is a standing testimony from the recent past. Try following a healthy lifestyle and stay positive.

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