Medical misinformation can become a hinderance in your treatment procedure and affect you negatively: Dr Priyajeet Panigrahi

Dr Priyajeet Panigrahi, MBBS, DNB, MNAMS, specializes mainly in endoscopic ENT surgeries , snoring and allergy issues and is based in Odisha, India.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The most rewarding thing for me is when my patients recover and are happy with their treatment.

When is a patient easy to treat?

It is easy to treat patients who do not believe on random information from other people or internet without proper analysis about the truth, and do not get involved in unnecessary arguments with their doctors.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

It gets difficult for us as doctors when patients trust unreliable information about their condition or treatment instead of us and argue and hinder the process of the treatment.

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

It is very helpful, as if the patient is aware of their condition and the treatment procedure, then it will be easy for us to explain it further and do our jobs.

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

Patients can read books and articles from verified sources and reliable websites.

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

Medical misinformation can act as a huge hinderance in the treatment procedures and in some cases, as catalysts too. There are times when people read or see something on the internet related to their condition and try to self medicate, which can lead to adverse results.

A few advice that you always give to your patients (about staying healthy, about escaping misinformation etc.)

The one thing I tell all my patients is to never believe what has been written or said by someone on the internet blindly. Rely on your doctors and medical professionals.

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