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The things patients say and what they actually mean
 

The things patients say and what they actually mean

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Patients have their own opinions and beliefs, and sometimes they let these opinions govern them more than actual medical advice. Here are some of the things patients say and what they could actually mean.
 
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14 Oct 2016 - General
 
Marinelle Castro thank you for sharing this article to be discussed, doctors are really struggling on daily bases, patients at the end of the day are people with different characters and mentalities do it is not easy that the doctors can gain their trust add to that that they may have a bad experience with another doctor who may diagnosed their illness wrongly, so they decide to diagnose themselves and strat sear...
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@Marinelle Castro, it can be extremely difficult. The incidence of demanding and unreasonable group is on the rise. In the past we usually only see one disrespectful patient per month, now it happens like one every other day. They would generally think they know the medical conditions better than the doctor and expect a certain type of treatment and if you don't follow what they want and have your own professional opinion, they give you hell.
Sometimes you just have to keep your fingers...
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This is the cause of the evolution of technology. Everything is handed to everyone so easily. Just open your smartphone and ask Google and you already have an answer. Too bad it is not as helpful as it is used to be. Some people tend to assume things far from what is reality. Sometimes, we should encourage them that seeking help from Google can only cause them stress. Stress when they got to read unwanted diseases relevant to the symptoms that they have. It is always best to seek help from train...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz I agree that its a positive trait to look for information regarding a personal condition. However, little knowledge is dangerous, and everything online has to be interpreted with caution. I already encountered a lot of patients who consulted in the advanced stages of the disease because for the longest time they self-medicated with over-the-counter medications. I also agree that there are socio...
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Chih Chiang Nieh I understand your sentiments. How do you deal with those kinds of patients (especially the disrespectful ones)? In our country, most patients are respectful of doctors but there are a few outliers who are very demanding, and they already present themselves with a diagnosis. In my opinion, if a therapeutic alliance cannot be established between a patient and a doctor, then the doctor has the righ...
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It is true that there are too many different types of patient on this planet and we as medical practitioners should learn and acquire the skills to deal with all these different types of people. The usual conventional nice patients who are obedient to doctor's instructions are still present but as the days goes by there are more and more demanding patients and those who believe that they have the answer from google and the doctor is just merely providing a "service" and no longer b...
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Well, you goo to read between the lines. Not every patient are genuine in terms of seeking medical advice. Some just wants attention and a little pampered. I have some across many that said they took it but it did not work for them, it could be true. But some are just ignorance to the therapy and when it gets worst, They start blaming the medication for not working. Secondly, many came in with diagnosis, and when questioned further found out that they read it online. It is never reliable to get ...
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I am reading this article and I cannot resist the smile on face. Patients use sometimes hidden messages to give themselves a chance expressing themselves without feeling embarrassed. I can’t see the hidden message in “ I just want a day off” though. As these situations are almost on daily basis for any doctor, doctors have to be aware of their patients’ dictionary. These expressions might vary from culture to another. Regarding reading online, I actually find it a positive character to find a pa...
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Now this is where patients became doctors theirselves! haha. This is so unavoidable to some patients who are excessively cautious and feels like they knew everythig just based on reading articles from the world wide web. Haha. Some could get the point but most of the time, having conditions like this needs medical attention with the right person. Some would really just need a day off to lessen the aggravating factors that could worsen the situation. In some hospitals they won't allow a simpl...
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Marinelle Castro Oh yes. There are a lot of people who need to take the day off because they are tired and they go see a doctor for a medical certificate. I remember one instance when a patient was asking for 2 weeks off work because he had muscle strain on the trapezius. I gave him a medical certificate that states he can work without necessary modifications. ...
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I was amused at how accurate the author described what I thought of some patients. I agree that a lot of times, we encounter patients who have already "doctored" themselves, and will come for us expecting to be prescribed with medications that they thought of. We can't blame them though. Its natural for them to cope with having an illness and google symptoms because its very convenient. However, as doctors we should be able to recognize signs that patients are trying to manipulate ...
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