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Empowering Patients

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4 Jan 2017 - General
 

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One of the vital roles of a physician is to be a patient motivator. We can do this by proper explanation of possible bumps when dealing with illnesses, especially the degenerative ones. This empowers the patient to go on with daily activities and stay re-assured that common symptoms are part and parcel of the disease. An example for my field would be stressing that physical activity is actually beneficial for patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I explain that moving can actually help the synovial fluid circulate and facilitate nutrient absorption. What are some examples of advice that you give to patients concerning their disorder?

In my specialty, we handle a lot of patients with disabilities as a result of their compromised neurologic function. It is common for patients to feel depressed whenever they lose an important function. I usually empower them by letting them know that they are lucky to have survived their illness, and they should move on with their lives by taking efforts to live healthier and improve their current status. For stroke patients, we routinely offer them a membership in our stroke support group that...
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