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5 secrets your patients are not telling you
 

5 secrets your patients are not telling you

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There are things that may remain untold especially when you don’t get the chance to ask your patients about it. Here are 5 secrets your patients are not telling you.
 
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30 Aug 2016 - General
 
It is very hard to elicit a good history from a patient if a doctor appears to be in a rush with arriving at a diagnosis. These 5 secrets patients are hiding from you can be unmasked if we establish a good rapport. Asking open-ended questions can really help in understanding why they do this. For example, a patient may have stopped taking a prescribed medication because he/she is not able to tolerate the side effects. They will not tell us the reason why if we get upset right away with their non...
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Absolutely true. Patients won't reveal all the information abouth their conditions. They are afraid that they would undergo any invasive procedures at the hospital or get exposed to radiation. Because of that they would hide some of the information leading the doctors to a wrong pathway. And in the history we usually get into their private and secret things. Like in social history most of the patients are not willing to share most of the things. So we fail to do intervention s sometimes. And...
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Based on experience, all the items mentioned in the article is true. Perhaps the patients find it convenient not to disclose too much information because they fear that they might need more procedures or tests done. That's why they tend to keep it amongst themselves if it does not really bother them. One habit of patients which I find odd and stressful at times, is when they disclose a completely different history to my consultant. Say for example, you ask them what time the symptoms started...
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Your explanation plays a vital role to gather all datas needed. Some of them may forget to tell you other details but we as a healthcare provider we need to classify, be more specific and use of laymans term is highly recommended. We need to gather every details with regards to the health status of the client in order for us to have a appropriate care plan. Presenting the pros and cons to the patients will made them realize that it is for their own good. We, healthcare providers need to assure t...
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Ah yes all of these sound familiar. I do not hold it against patients when they think that their recent or not so recent illness or surgery or whatever current disease they may have are irrelevant because that just shows they are misinformed. I do not like it though when you ask them directly and they deny it. With new patients I would firstly explain what is important to know about their medical history before asking them to keep them from hiding pertinent information from me. Another one that ...
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