Medical misinformation can result in antibiotics abuse, side-effects and wrong treatment: Dr Kashyap Dakshini

Dr Kashyap Dakshini is a general physician based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The best thing about treating patients for me is when I am able to listen to patients, talk to them, empathise, counsel and motivate them.

When is a patient easy to treat?

It is easy to treat patients when they listen to their doctors and are receptive about the treatment plans that they suggest. Treating patients who have an optimistic attitude and are able to develop a bond with their doctors are the best to treat.

When is a patient difficult to treat? 

The patients who are skeptical about their treatment procedure are very difficult to treat. Pessimism, lack of listening to the doctors and distrust towards doctors make the work difficult for us.

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

It is helpful. For instance, if the patient suffers from an infectious disease, and is aware of some basic understanding of their condition, then the it becomes easier for us to carry out the treatment procedure and explain it to the patient.

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

A patient can improve their knowledge about their treatment procedures by referring to reliable newspapers, medical news articles and journals from reliable sources.

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

It is a huge problem. We come across such issues related to antibiotics a lot. For instance, if a person has a misinformation of a certain antibiotic working for a particular disease, it could lead to antibiotic abuse, side effects, wrong treatment & complications.

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

I always advice my patients to sleep and exercise well, have enough water, rest, and eat right. People should maintain clean habits, hygiene, and should depend on reliable news sources and websites and always consult their doctors instead of self-medication.

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