Internet platforms can often be misleading and inaccurate: Dr Surabhi Solanki

With over 16 years of medical experience, including a stint as a medical officer and guest lecturer at a homeopathic medical college, Dr Surabhi Solanki, BHMS, is passionate about educating young women on reproductive health and safe sex practices. For the past three years, she has been a full-time YouTuber, providing free consultations and sharing her knowledge online.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The happiness of the patients when their health concerns are resolved gives me immense satisfaction.

When is a patient easy to treat?

Doctors should not expect the patient to behave in a particular way. They are suffering, and they are in distress. When they approach a doctor for help, they may be irritable, morose or even frustrated due to previous failed treatments. It is the doctor who should behave in an ideal way and listen to them patiently and with a sympathetic attitude.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

It is important for patients to be truthful with their doctor during their consultations and not withhold any information. Patients who tend to hide information pertinent to their health condition and not follow the recommendations of their doctor can be 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 helpful when patients have some knowledge about their treatment procedure and its different aspects. Prior knowledge will help them to set their expectations from the treatment procedure accordingly.

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

Articles from authentic health websites on internet are a good source of information for the patients.

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

Medical misinformation can be very harmful, dangerous and life threatening in rare cases. For example, there is a myth floating through some videos on the internet that women can check when ovulation occurs by inserting their finger into the vagina and touching their cervix. This can cause great mental anxiety for them and also result in infections. Such things are harmful for people’s health.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

Read health articles from authentic websites only. Watch videos about health on the internet only by trustworthy personalities.

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