Medical misinformation can lead to distrust and confusion among patients: Dr Dilip Gude

Dr Dilip Gude is based in Hyderabad and is the Senior Consultant Physician & Diabetologist at Yashoda Hospitals. He has an experience of over 17 years in internal medicine, diabetology, rheumatology, medical bariatics and intensive care.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

Seeing patients get healthy and happy is my takeaway from treating them.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

Patients are who are receptive, compliant and follow up regularly are easy to treat.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

It becomes difficult to treat patients who act on the basis of incomplete information, listen to quacks, find misleading and misguiding information on the internet.

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 when patients understand proper basics, it is easier for them to grasp the procedure or intervention, its need and outcomes, which also helps us in treating them.

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

Patients should depend on qualified medical personnels for increasing their knowledge about their treatment and other things related to their health.

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

Medical misinformation is a very big problem. A lot of times, patients tend to misrepresent and form false opinions and biases against the doctors who treat them and their treatment plans. This leads to lack of confidence and confusion among the patients.

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

I always advice people to discuss about their health concerns with qualified health care professionals instead of depending on unreliable information on internet and otherwise.

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