Never put your health at risk by following unreliable information online: Nidhi Sarin

Nidhi Sarin is a clinical nutritionist and a certified diabetic educator, with an experience of almost a decade in the healthcare industry. She has been associated with top boutique hospitals of India. She is currently based in Hyderabad, Telangana.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

While treating patients you get to know many people and you can be a help in educating them to lead a better lifestyle. I enjoy communicating with my patients and to motivate and encourage them to manage their own health.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

A patient is easy to treat when they believe in their doctor and their course of treatment.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

Patients who try to judge their doctors’ knowledge irrationally and change their doctors again and again because of lack of trust are most difficult to treat.

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

It is really helpful if the patient is aware and educated about the basics of the treatment as it makes our job a little easy and to start a conversation with them. It also helps to explain them about their condition and/or their treatment procedures, which saves a lot of time as well.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure?

Patients can ask their doctors about the right source of information and reliable literature where they can read about their health conditions and treatment procedures.

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

Misinformation about anything can be dangerous, and it can be worst if it is medical misinformation. These days people are using social media platforms for sharing unreliable, wrong and sometimes harmful diet plans, which can lead to severe health issues. You should not play with your body and health on the basis of some unreliable content you find on the internet.

A few advice that you always give to your patients

I always advice my patients to believe in their healthcare provider. Reading about a medical condition is good, but without discussing it with a healthcare specialist, do not follow anything.

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