Medical misinformation can hurt you more than you realise: Abizar H Rangwala

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Last Updated on August 7, 2023 by Team THIP

Abizar H Rangwala, MPT (Musculoskeletal and Sports Science) is an Assistant Professor at Chandigarh University, Punjab. 

When a patient explains to you about their health problems, what are the most common mistakes they make in their communication?

Sometimes patients also mix up events which are not necessary for the problem they are having. Therefore, it is important to be straightforward about their complaints or symptoms and let the medical professionals do the rest of the work.

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

Health literacy makes work much easier for both sides whether for the medical professional or the patient. If my patient is aware of the consequences of a particular disease, then it will automatically reduce their suffering and may recover faster than normal.

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

It is helpful for physiotherapists in many ways. In our field, as per my experience, patient recovery is possible as a result of both the therapist’s efforts as well as the patients’ efforts. So if a patient comes to me with a complaint of osteoarthritis in the knee joint with the knowledge of what arthritis means, it will help them as much as it will help me in their treatment procedure.

How much can medical misinformation impact treatment procedures?

Medical misinformation can be a dangerous and concerning phenomenon, especially in the age of digital media and easy access to information, misleading medical information can lead to serious consequences, potentially making their health condition worse.

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

I often come across a prevalent myth that assumes all body pain is universally the same for everyone. They fail to realise that every symptom carries its unique story, making it impossible for a one-size-fits-all solution. Relying solely on general online videos may not provide the comprehensive care and attention that their body truly needs.

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

I always advise my patients not to follow anything they see on social media. It is crucial to consult a medical professional.

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