Health literacy is your pathway to self-care: Dr Nikita Chauhan

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Dr Nikita Chauhan, MBBS, MD, DNB is a dedicated Obstetrician and Gynecologist. With a focus on areas such as pregnancy and childbirth, adolescent and menstrual health, high-risk pregnancy, and fertility, she brings nine years of invaluable experience to her practice. Currently, she runs a private practice. In this interview, Dr Nikita Chauhan discusses various medical misinformation she comes across in her practice as well as the significance of health literacy in day-to-day life.

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 frequent errors individuals commit when communicating with doctors is not sharing their medical history related to their symptoms, which can often hold the crucial clues necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

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

I believe every individual should have a basic understanding of what staying healthy is. That, in my opinion, is health literacy. In case they’re sick, they have a right to understand what’s their diagnosis and have access to all the relevant information that can help them in deciding on a treatment option most suitable for their case.

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

Extremely helpful. They ask the right questions and understand their treatment procedure. This means that they understand the prognosis well too. This also increases their trust in their doctors and the healthcare system.

How much can medical misinformation impact treatment procedures?

People have unrealistic expectations from their healthcare providers due to medical misinformation and don’t trust them much.

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

I feel there’s a lot of misinformation among new moms regarding how their postpartum should be. They’re made to follow unnecessary restrictions and rules. For example, not breastfeeding when their hair is wet, or not taking a bath after delivery, etc.

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

Always read the credentials of the person or organisation offering any medical information before believing it. If their qualifications are not clear, then they’re probably not the right source of information.

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