Medical misinformation can make treating patients difficult for the doctors: Dr Kiran Kulkarni

Dr Kiran Kulkarni, DMBBS, is a consultant, sports and exercise medicine specialist and a certified doping control officer.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The best thing about treating patients for me is applying my skills and medical knowledge. I enjoy the process of knowledge sharing.

When is a patient easy to treat?

Treatment of a patient gets easy when the patient is able to convey the exact history of how, when and where the problem happened and when they accept the treatment offered gracefully.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

Treating patients becomes difficult when they try to undermine us on the basis of some unreliable information that they gather from internet.

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

A patient having knowledge about the treatment procedure is very helpful as that encourages cooperation and coordination, which helps both doctor and the patient.

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

People should depend on reliable sources from internet, however, it is always better to discuss with your doctor rather than finding information on internet.

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

Medical misinformation is a very big problem as it can be dangerous for the patients. It can also make treating patients difficult for us as many patients tend to believe things that they read on the internet and then start to hinder the process of treatment.

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

I always suggest my patients to have positive thinking, good attitude, good eating habits, drinking enough water and good sleep. I ask them to always consult qualified medical professionals for health related concerns instead of relying on internet.

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