Discuss with your healthcare expert instead of believing any medical information blindly: Dr Rohan Bartake

With an experience of over 15 years, Dr Rohan Bartake, BHMS, MBA (Social Entrepreneurship) is among the very few full-time ‘Tobacco Treatment Specialist’ in India. He is the founder of “Quit Buddy” Tobacco de-addiction program. Dr Rohan has conducted numerous de-addiction camps in India and is currently based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The best part of my job is the satisfaction of helping my patients and their family towards a better life.

When is a patient easy to treat?

It gets easy for me to do my job as a doctor when patients are mentally prepared to take the necessary steps towards a healthy life. Mental strength and conviction are two very important things that a patient can have to deal with any medical condition.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

It is very difficult when the patient is in a pre-contemplative stage. Constantly doubting, and not wanting to take steps that are needed to be taken for successful treatment procedure are some of the things that can make our job very difficult.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

It is very helpful. If my patient has atleast a basic understanding of tobacco de-addiction, then it will be easier for me to explain the treatment procedure and its results.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure (apart from consulting the doctor, of course)?

Patients can refer to authentic online as well as offline sources, preferably suggested by their doctor. They should always discuss the information they get about their condition with their doctors.

How does medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Medical misinformation is a very serious problem. Lack of awareness of facts and authentic information can lead to delay in treatment. This can result in life threatening situations for the patient.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

Eat healthy, do moderate exercises regularly and have good sleep and rest. Ensure the information that you are exposed to is authentic. Always verify the information with the medical experts before believing it blindly.

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