Medical misinformation undermines effective treatment: Dr Reena Arora

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Last Updated on July 15, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Dr Reena Arora, BAMS, with an advanced post-graduate course in Panchkarma, is a distinguished Ayurvedic practitioner. Along with the Ayurvedic diet, skin diseases, piles, acidity, and Panchkarma, she has expertise in a wide range of specialities. In this interview with THIP Media, Dr Reena Arora discussed the perils of medical misinformation and the positive impacts of health literacy and awareness among people.

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

One common mistake that patients often make is neglecting to mention their diet and lifestyle factors. These are often crucial in understanding and addressing their conditions effectively.

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

Health literacy is very important for every individual. If you know about physical and mental health along with your social well being then it is health literacy. Merely absent of disease does not mean that you are not healthy. It is essential because you need to make the patient aware of all these aspects of health so that they can understand that just the absence of disease will not be complete health.

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

It is very helpful as in such a situation, they easily understand my questions and do not hesitate in giving the correct reply. This helps in prescribing the correct treatment in terms of diet and medicine.

How much can medical misinformation impact treatment procedures?

Medical misinformation impacts the treatment procedure very badly. Patients may make decisions based on misinformation, leading to incorrect diagnoses, inappropriate treatments, or delayed interventions. Medical professionals also face challenges in such cases in providing accurate care as they must navigate through the confusion created by misinformation.

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

People start following information they get from random social media platforms without discussing their problems with the doctor. This in some cases aggravates their health issues before they reach their doctor for treatment. One of my patients started taking Alovera juice for excessive bleeding, which aggravated their problem.

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

I advise my patients to not follow sources on the internet blindly and visit a doctor as they are better capable of advising them in a better way.


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