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One-third of patients expect antibiotics from GPs in Singapore
 

One-third of patients expect antibiotics from GPs in Singapore

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A study from Singapore revealed that as many of two-thirds of patients who visit GP clinics do not know that antibiotics do not work against viruses, and expect doctors to prescribe them with the medication.
 
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1 Dec 2016 - General
 
I think we need to go back to the ICE model for this. Ideas, concerns and expectations of the patients. When the expectations of the patients are not met, the patients might not be satisfied and they might not visit the physician again. In Singapore, GPs and many private physicians are operated very much as businesses, if physicians do not satisfy a patient, he/she might easily pop over to other doctors in the future hence losing business. If there is a real motivation to stop this, some of the ...
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I guess this kind of situation is really happening outside hospital facility. I believe general practitioners did explain that antibiotics should be taken with strict compliance. However, some may misunderstood due to their lack of knowledge with regards to the usage and effectivity of medications. So, the role of pharmacist will come in. They should spare some time explaining the proper usage of each medications. Just like what ...
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Madhubabu kaaja Your father is remarkable in being an advocate of rational antibiotic use. Patients often think that one medicine is the necessary treatment and will only be convinced if there is proper explanation of the illness. In my practice, this is not limited to antibiotics. People think that EMG and MRI are therapeutic procedures and insist on it. It only takes a few minutes of explanation to persuade them...
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Mark Edmon Tan Patients expecting a powerful medicine as their current using medicine is not satisfactory as you said. When I was in my Clinic and Pharmacy many of village patients asking for a powerful medicine to minimise their symptoms. But my dad denies because of medicine adverse events and not for intended use. Still many of patients asks for antibiotic for common cold, see how people psychology changed. We...
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This is a problem that persists for all doctors in the world. Patients feel that they need to be prescribed something in order to feel well and antibiotics is one of the most requested cure. As doctors, we have to explain thoroughly that viral illnesses will resolve spontaneously with adequate rest, hydration, and nutrition. We still get to prescribe them a medication for supportive measures such as paracetamol for fever. This prevents irrational use of antibiotics that is important to prevent s...
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Tahira Nawaz Dr Sam Wong, a general practitioner told that they usually do not prescribe antibiotics on the first visit and It's quite common for most of his patients who have viral infections to ask for antibiotics, and if possible, he get them to come back again to the clinic. He also observed quite a lot of requests from patients who travel overseas frequently for antibiotics. He also said that some peopl...
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